BA strikes ‘could continue all summer’
the summer with cabin crew set to be balloted for fresh industrial action, it
was warned today.
a week or so away, as union members staged day two of a five-day walkout.
£100 million, with eight further days of action planned.
pledging that Unite would not allow the airline to “starve” staff back to work.
executive Willie Walsh will plunge the airline into a prolonged and “totally needless”
summer of disruption.
taking industrial action ends in early June.
the blame for this will lie “firmly” with Mr Walsh and his “persistent refusal”
to permit a peaceful settlement.
both parties, adding that the airline could be restored to full operation in time
for the peak summer season if the outstanding row over travel concessions was
word – bullying:
has seen other BA employees incited against cabin crew with, to their lasting
shame, the collusion of scab pilots, that has meant more than 50 of our brothers
and sisters suspended or sacked for the crime of sending a text or posting a remark
on Facebook, that forbids them from talking about their own dispute in public
and that victimises trade unionists by branding them second-class employees for
until they learn some manners.
needs and problems of the company as well as our members’ legitimate interests.
victimised and reduced to ruins, as Willie Walsh seems to say.”
speaking out about a “climate of fear” at BA and saying they were too scared to
be identified for fear of being disciplined.
airline,” said one stewardess.
to recommend acceptance of a deal last Thursday aimed at resolving the dispute,
claiming that Mr Walsh was not interested in reaching an agreement.
the impression that we will collapse. He has to put aside any idea of achieving
regime change in Bassa and start thinking about the well-being of the travelling
of all of its services from Heathrow to New York’s JFK airport, adding that it
would continue to add to its schedule where possible.
action and got off to another good start today at the beginning of the second
series of strikes.
of the numbers of crew reporting for work.
At Heathrow, we will operate more than 70% of long-haul flights (up from more
than 60% last week) and more than 55% of short-haul flights (up from more than
50% this week),” the airline said in a statement.
weeks to organise a new ballot, raising the prospect of industrial action during
the summer school holidays.