Personally I do think it interesting that BA finds it acceptable to have a third party overturn established operating procedures and broke long standing agreements – yet does not want to use ACAS to help resolve the suspension and firing impasse. It is usual when industrial relations are so fractured to use arbitration. However BA leadership appear so devoid of emotional intellegence being hell bent on asserting their power over resolving the dispute fairly.
I can also understand that BA doesn’t want to have the stick of removing staff travel adjudicated in court so it can continue to threaten it again. It is also interesting that BA doesn’t want to see the cases where it has made potentially illegal deductions from pay packets adjudicated upon as it would mean compensating 7,000 strikers.
Walsh must be a candidate for hypocrite of the year when asserting Unite was dysfunctional due to its affiliates BASSA and CC89 being at odds. Back in 1989 BA bankrolled a new union with the agenda of usurping BASSA with a more compliant alternative. BA gave this union advance access to new cabin crew recruits, prestigious offices and facilities and special treatment. This union was CC89.
Although BA failed in its objective it did succeed in creating disharmony. Interestingly though CC89 has recently been so disenchanted with the BA leadership it was the first to reject BA’s proposal which BASSA was considering.
BA leadership ??? has an industry leading litany of corrupt actions, fines and sharp practices proven in court and well documented. Is it any wonder that this talent has been brought to bear on its own staff?
Continue your cruise down the mighty Egyptian river.