USA to derail BA strike staffing plans and assist strike?

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  1. US Union Giant Backs British Airways Strikers

    A UK union threatening damaging British Airways cabin crew strikes is set to meet America's biggest transport union.

    Sky News' business correspondent Joel Hills said a senior Unite figure was heading to Washington for talks with the Teamsters - a US union that has 1.4 million members.

    BA is facing seven days of strikes in a long-running dispute over working conditions and pay.

    Confirming the meeting, a Teamsters statement read: "We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters at Unite who are fighting for a fair contract at British Airways."

    Hills said: "It's an expression of support, but doesn't say in what way, shape or form that support will be.

    "We know that there have been gestures of support from unions from around the world, but it isn't clear at the moment precisely what they are proposing.

    "The anxiety that passengers will have is; are they going to seek to assist Unite in disrupting the travel plans of British Airways passengers?"

    http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Business/BA-Strikes-Unite-Union-To-Meet-US-Teamsters-Over-British-Airways-Cabin-Crew-Industrial-Action/Article/201003315574913?lpos=Business_Carousel_Region_0&lid=ARTICLE_15574913_BA_Strikes%3A_Unite_Union_To_Meet_US_Teamsters_Over_British_Airways_Cabin_Crew_Industrial_Action_
     
  2. Why isn't Unite getting a lot more support from the Brit public? Why aren't folks ringing up and demanding that BA makes a serious effort to reach a sensible compromise and end the strike? That way, the travelling public are happy, the strikers are happy with the conclusion and only the bullying BA management are highly pissed off that they "lost".

    MsG
     
  3. 1. because the greedy left wing fcuker's get enough money as it is. (highest paid in the industry)
    2. because the brit public don't support their strike

    Hopefully, they'll go on strike and be told not to bother returning to work :twisted:
     
  4. Is it an early April Fools joke? Leader of the Teamsters ..... James Hoffa?
    Is he one of Jimmy's offspring?
     
  5. Yes.....
     
  6. He's Jimmy Hoffa son.
     
  7. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    Yep the very same

    He was one of the first to endorse Obama

    The maffia are going to need a large boot to get him into when he's finished
     
  8. Is there a prize for the most blatent Wah ever.
    Perhaps T shirts should be awarded.
    Something along the lines of

    'I got pissed at Heathrow for six hours, then told my flight was cancelled,
    Oh how I laughed as I drove home pished out of my skull, and wiped out a full troop of Irish Travellers.

    '
     
  9. I thought this thread was going to be about how USA Incorported could take this opportunity to try and put a big European competitor under stress by objecting to the use of improperly trained (improperly cleared) staff to fly into US airspace. Surprised the FAA, TSA & Homeland Security havent been up in arms about the "strike breaking" temporary cabin crew volunteers. Wasnt there a press story this week about a BA employee in court as a suspected Jihadi who had volunteered to fill in for the xmas strikes ?
     
  10. Just out of interest, this arrived in my mail box today.

    Definately not saying I agree with it, but just to give the other side of the argument. I particularly like the bit about putting the offer rejected last week back on the table. Have they dropped a clanger and now realised they rejected a perfectly good deal but got too greedy?
     
  11. Anyone remember the 60s and 70s when unions ran the country and Wilson, Heath and Callaghan just gave in?

    Great days they were! Chaotic, anarchic, shambolic!

    Thankfully, we were then graced with a prime minister with 'serious balls and serious brain'. Result: Democracy 1 - Unions 0.
     
  12. Maybe the possble BA strike is a cunning plot.

    Unite scares the wits out of the public at the prospect of Easter holidays being fouled up.

    Brown makes all the right noises and infers he is bringing pressure to bar on Unite.

    Unite cancels the strike.

    Brown calls a general election and is swept back into power by a grateful electorate having just enjoyed its recent well earned holiday.

    Unite then calls a strike in time for the Summer holidays and Brown washes his hands - got nothing to do with the Government.

    Win win for Unite and Brown.
     
  13. Having had some of my most shite BA experiences on near-empty aircraft, I'd contend that the on-board service quality mostly depends upon the attitude of the staff.....
     
  14. Ord_Sgt

    Ord_Sgt RIP

    What bunch of dunces go on strike and risk their companies future so one CSD doesn't have to help out in the cabin on a flight, fcuking idiots.
     
  15. In simple terms the union want BA to go back to the old system where the CSD does not have to "work", and put another Purser back in the crew. At the same time crew to take a pay cut. If they do not get their way they are willing to bring BA down, end result everyone loses their jobs, except the union.

    BA are saying there is no requirement for job cuts or pay cuts, the system has been running for about 6 months without a problem, CSDs were winging that they had to help out and work in club (often CSDs would help out anyway but now they have to). If BA have their way no change, everyone still on good money.

    It is now a question of power who is the bigger unite or BA? Unite seem willing to see 1,000s of BA worker lose their jobs providing they do not back down to wee willie. If he wins wee willie sees this as an opportunity to push forward his one fleet concept, which is, I suspect, the root of the problem.

    Its is a buggers muddle, two bully boys facing off, however unite seem more than willing to see job loses to win the argument.

    bugsey: -

    "Why isn't Unite getting a lot more support from the Brit public? Why aren't folks ringing up and demanding that BA makes a serious effort to reach a sensible compromise and end the strike? That way, the travelling public are happy, the strikers are happy with the conclusion and only the bullying BA management are highly pissed off that they "lost"."

    Again good socialist thoughts lets smash the managment, what about: -

    Why is BA getting a lot more support than unite from the Brit public? Why are folks ringing up and demanding that unite makes a serious effort to reach a sensible compromise and end the strike? That way, the travelling public are happy, the strikers are happy with the conclusion and only bullying unite are highly pissed off that they "lost".