BA worker’s conflict

Just as I was looking to put my disgust over the latest decision to strike at BA into words I came across today’s issue of the “News of the World” and again I am more than impressed about the quality reporting in this ‘tabloid’.

No need to say that I am totally against workers putting BA under pressure that is more like Blackmail than a reasonable dispute.

Willie Walsh says it that BA has to fight for survival against a double threat the recession and their own workforce.

What makes it so difficult for BA is that a company that provides services such as public transport needs reliable staff and cannot simply draw from a bank of temporary workers to fill gaps as people working on airlines must have some vetting to make sure that lives are not at risk from unreliable workers.

Looking at the price comparison for airline staff it is quite clear that BA staff already earn the highest salaries in the industry compared to Virgin and easyJet whilst BA’s profit has sunk to an all-time low. Now the workers try to squeeze even more wages out of the company.

I am surprised that BA workers do not have more common sense. It is a simple calculation that if your costs rise to high, you fail to catch any business because other airlines can undercut the price and so BA is in danger of losing their business altogether.

But Unite does not apply common sense to their decision to get their workers to strike and the strike cannot be based on real-time economic and commercial business calculations but comes from mere greed and egoism.

I am really pleased that BA have trained volunteer staff to take over the functions of stewardesses. Quite clearly BA cannot just draft in unvetted staff to take over work that needs persons of good character doing the job, that’s why BA wisely has trained volunteers to do it, volunteers that they can trust, to do the job perfectly well.

But why there is such great support among BA workers to support the Unite Unions is beyond my understanding.

It is the high pay of their staff that forces BA to cut the members of crew on long haul flights, so what is BA supposed to do, lower the wages of cabin crew in line with other airlines or keep the wages of the staff and cut one member instead?

I think that Union membership should be banned for workers in public industries that put passengers at risk. People’s lives are in the hands of BA staff and the morale of that staff is undermined by unions who haven’t got a clue what they are talking about or they do know that they are in the process of destroying one of the best businesses in Britain.

I am glad that Willie Walsh faces the problems with a good fighting spirit to keep BA afloat as we all like to fly BA.

I then go on to read on page 6 of the same paper NotW, that the United Union has contributed 11 million pounds into the Labour Party and that labour cannot now possibly continue to support that they are interested in the economy as well as their worker’s rights policies because you have to weigh up one with the other and cannot put worker’s rights up onto a pedestal into an economic vacuum what the Unite Unions obviously does.

BA workers should cancel their Unite membership and pay their monies into the Conservative Party instead, the party that knows that without a florishing ecnomy there are no jobs, you cannot have one without the other.

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