Friday 26 March 2010
BA Strike Update - No Compromise
In a phrase reminiscent of the Reverend Ian Paisley, Willie Wash (CEO of British Airways) has insisted that travel perks will "never" be reinstated for striking cabin crew. In an interview on the BBC he said that there would be no "compromise" on this.
With a second strike due to start at midnight, Walsh has said that there are no plans for talks with Unite.
BA management seem to be using the dispute to break the power and control of Unite over the staff.
For its part Unite is being equally intransigent, and has said that any peace deal must now include giving back travel concessions to cabin crew.
It is clear that the dispute is getting nasty. Whilst the union and management seek to knock "six bells" out of each other, the long suffering passengers are ignored and left to find alternative means of transport.
The end result of this strike, as and when it happens, will be the destruction of the BA brand and the loss of many more jobs.
Hardly a victory for either the union or management.