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BA pilots vote to strike

Old 6th Sep 2019, 21:39
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Three year freeze on staff travel for strikers (except if you commute, of course). Which is fine because it will take this long before standards improve enough on BA for my family to accept it as a realistic option for our holidays.
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Old 6th Sep 2019, 22:37
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According to BA HR commuters to loose benefit too from 31/10.
Although usually reinstated as part of any Strike settlement in past CC IA.
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Old 6th Sep 2019, 23:18
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Originally Posted by cessnapete View Post
According to BA HR commuters to loose benefit too from 31/10.
Although usually reinstated as part of any Strike settlement in past CC IA.
I took that email to mean commuters could still commute after 31/10 on their usual route to work but would lose all other staff travel “privileges” such as jumpseats to Sydney on their ABCs and the like.

As you say hopefully it’ll get thrown back in.
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Old 7th Sep 2019, 04:24
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Been there about 23? years ago when, I think, Danair pilots were joining us and BA wanted to introduce a different pay scale at LGW.

Management, and the press, painted the same picture as now - "it is all about greedy, overpaid pilots wanting more pay".

We, as BA pilots, were due to strike the next day or as soon as one returned to base.

Usual threats re staff travel.

I was nightstopping in CPH.

The strike was called off the night before when management decided to settle - I was called by BALPA in the hotel in the evening.

It, sadly, will go to the brink as that is all this kind of management understand.

Perhaps it is what they teach them on their MBAs and Harvard courses.

Good luck and don't give in.
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Old 7th Sep 2019, 06:43
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I must stop reading the daily mail with its , “ greedy captains on an average of £167k want more “ . I’d be surprised if that was the average , and to be fair, if any DM “ journalist” is paid more than £167 a week it’s probably too much .
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Old 7th Sep 2019, 09:11
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Twiglet1, you appear to be talking almost entirely about long-haul. I have no desire to bring back Flight Engineers, I have never flown with one and the first model of the type that I fly was developed without flight engineers five decades ago (a few year before my career started).

Short-haul is not the same. EASA FTLs permit seven consecutive 'earlies' totalling 60 duty hours, one "extended recovery rest period", then do it all again. Not a 'perception', it is in black-and-white.

Yes, Working Time Directives will 'protect' against the worst of it and this can be by making use of a Pilot's leave to bring those duty hour averages down (i.e. you have the worst of the FTLs thrown at you just before your leave). But how often have crews heard the response to a query about a duty that "it's legal"?

Your experience that "most UK AOC's took a mature stance on EASA FTL" still implies that not all did.

Only a robust Scheduling Agreement or a good fixed-pattern roster are protection against EASA's 'Fatigue Target Limitations'. (I have the protection of an excellent fixed-pattern roster against long-term fatigue.)

wiggy's comment that BA Short Haul "went almost fully EASA" is a worry.
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Old 7th Sep 2019, 10:09
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Originally Posted by WhatTheDeuce View Post
11.5% is 3.7% per year over the 3 year deal - in the most profitable times the airline has ever encountered.
BA so profitable now because of the reduction in the exchange rate GBP/USD.
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Old 7th Sep 2019, 15:49
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Originally Posted by cessnapete View Post
According to BA HR commuters to loose benefit too from 31/10.
Although usually reinstated as part of any Strike settlement in past CC IA.
I’ve re-read the strike notice and you’re absolutely right - all strikers, even commuters, will lose ST on 31/10. Apologies.
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Old 7th Sep 2019, 16:17
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I would have thought that opens BA up to a constructive dismissal case, even if one has to tick a box stating ST is non contractual, funnily enough added after the last staff strike . What a bunch of charmers we work for .

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Old 7th Sep 2019, 18:55
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Originally Posted by NoelEvans View Post
Twiglet1, you appear to be talking almost entirely about long-haul. I have no desire to bring back Flight Engineers, I have never flown with one and the first model of the type that I fly was developed without flight engineers five decades ago (a few year before my career started).

Short-haul is not the same. EASA FTLs permit seven consecutive 'earlies' totalling 60 duty hours, one "extended recovery rest period", then do it all again. Not a 'perception', it is in black-and-white.

Yes, Working Time Directives will 'protect' against the worst of it and this can be by making use of a Pilot's leave to bring those duty hour averages down (i.e. you have the worst of the FTLs thrown at you just before your leave). But how often have crews heard the response to a query about a duty that "it's legal"?

Your experience that "most UK AOC's took a mature stance on EASA FTL" still implies that not all did.

Only a robust Scheduling Agreement or a good fixed-pattern roster are protection against EASA's 'Fatigue Target Limitations'. (I have the protection of an excellent fixed-pattern roster against long-term fatigue.)

wiggy's comment that BA Short Haul "went almost fully EASA" is a worry.
Noel - The CAA had plenty of meeting's in the run up with the major AOC's (and BALPA were there) and most of them had scheduling agreements managing the excesses, or their FRMS managed it. I personally don't know any AOC's that work 7 E/L/N to the excess of EU FTL - I stand to be corrected however. In my experience the biggest change to Pilots with EU FTL is whereas under CAP371 if they sold days off they would likely get these days off replaced to manage the 7/14/28/84 day limits - not the case now with the ERRP.

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Old 7th Sep 2019, 18:57
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Angry

Loosing Staff Travel note my comment "yee who has the last laugh" mentality
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Old 7th Sep 2019, 19:14
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Originally Posted by Twiglet1 View Post
Noel - The CAA had plenty of meeting's in the run up with the major AOC's (and BALPA were there) and most of them had scheduling agreements managing the excesses, or their FRMS managed it. I personally don't know any AOC's that work 7 E/L/N to the excess of EU FTL - I stand to be corrected however. In my experience the biggest change to Pilots with EU FTL is whereas under CAP371 if they sold days off they would likely get these days off replaced to manage the 7/14/28/84 day limits - not the case now with the ERRP.
BA doesn’t have an FRMS. They use slow reactive management based on reporting.

7 earlies all possible, including the time change to local time. (12 hour duty on day 2 with a hotel pick up of 4am UK time).
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Old 8th Sep 2019, 09:28
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Originally Posted by hunterboy View Post
I would have thought that opens BA up to a constructive dismissal case, even if one has to tick a box stating ST in non contractual, funnily enough added after the last staff strike . What a bunch of charmers we work for .
In my 30+ years in BA it was always a confrontational style Management.Never understood the mentality, as happy crews save money!
My present BA relative says pissing off the pilots costs money in the long run. Crews already refusing Duty extension and loading extra fuel, cost a lot on an A380.
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Old 8th Sep 2019, 21:59
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Good luck, I hope you get an outcome that is fair.
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Old 9th Sep 2019, 06:58
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I quick look at flight radar this morning at 8am shows only 19 ba kites flying.

that is unity! Well done BA crews, backing you all the way.
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Old 9th Sep 2019, 07:10
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Originally Posted by UAV689 View Post
I quick look at flight radar this morning at 8am shows only 19 ba kites flying.

that is unity! Well done BA crews, backing you all the way.
Didn't BA themselves cancel the flights unilaterally? As they had no knowledge who would show up for work. Something like 50++ aircraft and their crews are stuck downroute in hotels poolside because LHR hasn't the space to park them all.

Was Cruz on the BBC this morning seriously suggesting that the average BA pilot earns £167,000?!

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Old 9th Sep 2019, 07:38
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Originally Posted by Dannyboy39 View Post

Was Cruz on the BBC this morning seriously suggesting that the average BA pilot earns £167,000?!
That seems to be the SOP figure being trotted out...I wonder if that "average" figure is the mode, median or mean?

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Old 9th Sep 2019, 08:15
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Originally Posted by wiggy View Post
That seems to be the SOP figure being trotted out...I wonder if that "average" figure is the mode, median or mean?
Or just a total lie?
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Old 9th Sep 2019, 08:31
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As an outsider looking in, I thought the BBC R4 report on the strike this morning was well-balanced with Balpa giving every opportunity to give their side of the argument. Average salary quoted as £100k not as reported elsewhere. If the pilots at BA believe that standards in the Company have reduced to an unacceptable level then I would agree with them; travel with the 'worlds favourite airline' may be fine and dandy in First Class but in economy it is quite dreadful and I would always choose an alternative carrier if one were a available on a given route. Management arrogance is not unique to BA, cost-cutting rules the day everywhere and in most airlines pilots have long since realised that they are just numbers and in no way a special case as far as the Board are concerned.
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Old 9th Sep 2019, 08:33
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There was someone from the BALPA union on the BBC this morning (R4) stating that BA (Management) had chosen to cancel all flights today.

Well, they weren't left with much choice, were they, if BALPA instructed all the pilots to refuse to fly planes by going on strike.
It appears to me that the confrontation is coming from both sides, not a good way to run any company, let alone an airline
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