This short-notice show of hands by about a tenth of the remaining BASSA membership (as almost 3,000 have left since this dispute commenced) in a room whose maximum capacity is stated as between 750-1000 is about as undemocratic as it gets, and a travesty of the democratic principles of Unionism.
I would be amazed if the BASSA hardcore found any agreement acceptable, and there has been zero public commentary to prepare those attending, much less the wider membership, that negotiations (in which Duncan Holley plays no direct part) are reaching a stage-by-stage agreement.
I therefore fully expect the “show of hands” to reject supporting the offer to a wider ballot (as even the offer in October was not put to such a ballot as it should have been), and to reject letting the mandate for strike action lapse.
However, BASSA does not have the power to call a strike, that power remains with Unite, the parent Union.
It will be most interesting to see if Unite will support the move to expose its membership to an unprotected action, risking dismissal for its striking members, and also exposing Unite itself to further significant costs as well as opening up the wider issue of effective control of a Union Branch.
As ever, any strike will have no significant effect on the BA Operation, nor will it change the fact that BA Management now runs BA, not BASSA and Mixed Fleet (the real Trojan Horse which BASSA’s incompetence let through the gates) is here to stay.
For those just joining the debate, if you believe 5,811 out of 13,500 equals 82% support, then go ahead and send your £15/month into Duncan Holley’s opaque slush fund. You deserve this sort of leadership.
BASSA is a busted flush, and it’s such a shame for the majority of right-minded BA cabin crew that their union leadership has lead them down this dead end.