Reply To: 83.2% Vote for Industrial Action

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Right Tete de Cuvee.
Time for a basic lesson in mathematics.

If you look at the figures for the recent ballot the numbers stack up as follows

Votes for strike action 5811
Votes against strike action 1170

Now if your assertion that there was an 8 :1 majority in favour of strike action, based on 1170 votes against that would put the For figure at 9360. However, in this recent farce of a ballot there were only a total of 6981 votes cast.

What is correct is that around 12% of the membership actively voted AGAINST strike action. It is also true that 29% couldn’t be bothered to vote. So only 59% of Unite members actually voted for strike action.

I understand that BA employ some 13,500 cabin crew. On that basis Unite members account for 73% of all cabin crew. It also follows that when you look at the total number of cabin crew, those who have voted for strike action amount to a mere 43%.

If news organisations choose to publish figures without first checking the veracity of them, it tends to suggest sloppy reporting standards and does nothing to enhance their credibility as reliable sources of information. If others then pick up on these numbers and publicise them without running a simple sanity check, it at best makes them look foolish.

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