My official word is that:
1. About the same proportion of cabin crew supported this action as was the case last time (42.7% to be precise)
2. The action remains unprotected as it clearly is linked to previous action, therefore any striking crew risk dismissal
3. Unite control the ability to call a strike, not BASSA, and they have a window of opportunity between now and 25th April to do so, each time requiring seven days notice.
4. It is very unlikely Unite will authorise an unprotected strike; if they don’t they might be legally liable for these attempts at industrial sabotage
5. BASSA’s Duncan Holley was last week given an official, written Police Caution for Harassment. So who’s actually doing the bullying?
6. Holley himself has stated that “it’s not about calling strike dates” and isn’t interested in calling a strike – not that he has the power to do so
7. Forward bookings remain strong, so BASSA’s strategy of disrupting travel isn’t working
8. Should a strike be called, no flights from City, Gatwick or Heathrow longhaul will be affected, and most Heathrow shorthaul will operate.
9. British Airways Management has regained control of the operation of the airline – BASSA’s reign is over.
I would strongly suggest that the misleading statement that 82% of crew support this action does not give the accurate picture to prospective Business Travellers reading this site.
Contributors might carefully consider whether they should dignify this statement by responding to this thread.
Responding further to a certain poster’s increasingly desperate statements doesn’t seem to be adding to the debate.