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BA Strike - Your Thoughts & Questions V

Old 1st Apr 2011, 13:04
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The general indication from McCluskey is that he will wait until his membership call for change.

We could be waiting a while....but that's BASSA's problem, not BA's.
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Old 1st Apr 2011, 13:23
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I have to confess to not being a fan of the Ryanair product but this embarrassment of Unite is a classic. They've really cut down to size the union bully boys.

One question, are they bright enough to realise that the p*ss is being taken?
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Old 1st Apr 2011, 14:04
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Ryan's Roses

There is a much more subliminal but significant message in this caper, and that is that every time Unite/BASSA engage in industrial shenanigans with BA, the non-unionised Ryan (and probably other non-unionised Locos) is going to take every opportunity to take some of BA's business. What a strategic folly on Unite's part. So much for representing their members' best interests.
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Old 1st Apr 2011, 14:08
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Surely fear of losing business to competitors is one of the pressures that a strike applies to the employer?

Strikes do cause risks for the members, this is one of them.
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Old 1st Apr 2011, 14:09
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One question, are they bright enough to realise that the p*ss is being taken?
Of course not, Fin. McCluskey has yet to realise that BASSA is asking him to go into the gunfight with a tomato-peeler.

There will be tears before bedtime!
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Old 1st Apr 2011, 15:09
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Hi Frognal, welcome aboard.
Surely fear of losing business to competitors is one of the pressures that a strike applies to the employer?
And BASSA has now discovered that the threat that worked so successfully for 30 years - now has zero effect. Since they have no other weapon in their armoury, they have no choice but to capitulate or just keep repeating the same thing. Either way, they lose.

I am not pleased by this but I am pleased that BA has managed to realise that the managers of the last 30 years were wrong. They, however, are happily retired on pensions and beyond active criticism.
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Old 1st Apr 2011, 15:19
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I'm sure within Unite's rules there is something about members bringing the union into disrepute!
How do you bring a thoroughly disreputable union into disrepute?

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Old 1st Apr 2011, 16:08
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@frognal

Surely fear of losing business to competitors is one of the pressures that a strike applies to the employer?
Its is indeed, but it pales into insignificance compared to the risk to the business in a competitive market of allowing a small minority of crew to run the company for their own convenience and to undertake practices which cause more long term competitiveness damage.
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Old 1st Apr 2011, 16:16
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Frognal,

I am well aware of the concept of applying economic pressure on the employer through loss of business to competitors - indeed this now seems to be DH's sole tactic.

However, BA do not exist in a monopolistic world, and any uncertaintity created in customers mind will result in SH passengers being driven to use the likes of Ryan, which is vehemently anti-union, and many would say is leading the erosion of T+C's for all airline employees. In the end, this could result in compulsory redundancies in BA of Unite members if BA had to reduce SH capacity because of lost volume. That's not a risk of striking -it could be a very quick reality for some. How on earth does that benefit the members of BASSA, Unite, or any other UK union in air transport ?
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Old 1st Apr 2011, 16:18
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Doesn't really say much.

FROM THE GENERAL SECRETARY
Apr 1st, 2011 by admin

TO ALL UNITE BA CABIN CREW

Dear Colleagues

First of all let me congratulate you all on the fantastic result of the latest industrial action ballot. You have sent the clearest possible message to British Airways management about your strength, unity and consistency of purpose. Thank you for the support you have shown your representatives and the union as a whole.

Any mature management would now have to take notice and realise that there can be no possibility of a return to normality at the airline without an honourable negotiated peace. I hope that this possibility now exists. You will have heard from your reps and read in the press that informal discussions have taken place designed to restart that negotiating process. Negotiations themselves on the outstanding issues of substance will directly include your representatives, for the first time in over a year.

There has been a welcome change in tone from BA at the top, and I hope to see that reflected in a changed approach in practice, at all levels of the company. Unfortunately, this is not yet the case, and crew continued to be subject to unjustified disciplinary sanction and to other petty harassments on a daily basis. This cannot be allowed to continue. I would hope to have a positive basis for a “ceasefire” from management within the next few days. Failing that, please be in no doubt that I will be consulting with your representatives over the form that industrial action that we will be asking you to take, on the basis of the clear mandate in your ballot.

Of course, we all hope that the more positive mood will now be speedily built on and start to yield definite results. Either way, Unite’s commitment to securing for you an honourable conclusion to this dispute is firm and undiminished.

Yours sincerely,

Len McCluskey

General Secretary
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Old 1st Apr 2011, 16:18
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If you read my post 187, you'll see that bassa has already broken so many untie rules that they could be cast adrift..............However, that post says why they will not be cast adrift.
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Old 1st Apr 2011, 16:49
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Oh, well ... Unite and BA are [sort of] talking. No doubt that will lead to nothing, especially if "negotiations on the outstanding issues of substance will directly include your [BASSA] representatives".

So, in the almost certain scenario that BA will not lie down and be kicked by the 5,800 ... it would appear that the Unions will just have to put their members' money where the leadership's mouth is. Good luck: you'll need it.

As to whether the travelling Public know or care, I have no doubt that some elements of the Meeja will make the expected noises.

"DON"T PANIC" ... BA flies the vast majority of flights, regardless of IA by BASSA. I'm less worried about the threat of IA than I am about the weather at my intended destination later this month.
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Old 1st Apr 2011, 16:57
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Any mature management would now have to take notice and realise that there can be no possibility of a return to normality at the airline without an honourable negotiated peace.

That's exactly what BA don't want!
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Old 1st Apr 2011, 17:02
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I'm not sure which way this will pan out. With BASSA reps involved in negotiations will they adopt a more hardline stance than the UNITE reps or will the reality of negotiation bring a spot of reality to them? On reflection I think the likelihood of a strike just increased - not that it will do any good for them.
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Old 1st Apr 2011, 17:26
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Agree the above ... the un-necessary remark about "mature management" and the incorporation of BASSA reps [if that's the correct interpretation of McC's missive] suggests that there's little prospect of any meaningful negotiation.

So sad, so pointless ... and of course so expensive for the 'rank and file'. McC, DH, LM and others will as always be completely insulated from the personal consequences.
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Old 1st Apr 2011, 17:35
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I think that there will be a possibility of movement. If the negotiating team is made up of all parties, then all parties will have responsibility for the outcome and will be directly accountable to the membership for content.

It will be a negotiation and as negotiators they will all be reporting back at some point and the crewing levels will remain the same and MF will still be in existence.
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Old 1st Apr 2011, 17:43
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I'm not so sure the chances of a strike have increased as such. The elephant in the room is still the issue of whether any action would be protected.

The restarting of negotiations may be a positive step as long as BASSA and CC89 put aside their rivalries and we don't see a repeat of the two branches refusing to sit in the same room, turning up late, storming out of meetings etc.
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Old 1st Apr 2011, 17:50
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Negotiations themselves on the outstanding issues of substance will directly include your representatives, for the first time in over a year.
That will of course, exclude Holley and his cohorts.

If only those accounts can be got now - but that's another story.
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Old 1st Apr 2011, 17:58
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Hipennine

You said

That's not a risk of striking -it could be a very quick reality for some. How on earth does that benefit the members of BASSA, Unite, or any other UK union in air transport ?
The definition of a risk is an event that may take place in the future, with an impact.

I respectfully suggest that your logic is a little out.

If one votes for a strike, then one risks the consequences.

The members need to take considered decisions and accept the responsibility of their decisions.
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Old 2nd Apr 2011, 00:36
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If one votes for a strike, then one risks the consequences.
But if you vote for a strike and then do not go on strike???

BA know exactly how many (and who) attended work and how many no longer belong to the Union.
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