Everyone is very much aware that this situation rests firmly at the door of BASSA/Unite and crew who mistakenly put their trust in BASSA/Unite.
BA cabin crew have lost the confidence of the public, and are damaging the airline in a way management could never do.
A very great shame.
I would remind those cautious about booking that it is BA Management, with the support of those more rational or well informed crew who recognise the seriousness of the situation, who have put in place the following contingencies which should mitigate much of the disruption any strike might entail:
– 7000 staff have volunteered to “Back BA”
– In the event of a strike LGW longhaul would operate to 100%, shorthaul 50%
– The plans are more sketchy for LHR with a promise to keep all 777s operating (more than half the fleet)
– BA have enough volunteers to run the 777 fleet throughout a strike
– BA have agreements in place with other airlines for rerouting
– 70% of LGW staff have agreed to work during a strike
– There are agreements for 23++ wet lease aircraft to be used during a strike
Here’s Unite’s final offer to BA:
The link to the BASSA/Unite final settlement submission nicely demonstrates why BASSA union reps will never agree to a simplified structure, eliminating all those intricate clauses on turnaround times etc inherited a generation ago from BEA / BOAC etc.
There are simply too many elements on which they can negotiate and tie the company down to demonstrate their power.
Only way to simplify the business (and protect the current workforce) is to kill this incompetent union and replace it with rational workforce representation who can lead BA and its workforce back to profit, supported by Management.