Expat_Consultant: cabin crew were not ‘prepared’ to strike for twelve days at all. They voted ‘yes’ to industrial action, which BASSA subsequently and unexpectedly announced would take the form of a twelve consecutive day action.
There’s a very strong suggestion that the crew’s vote was used to mandate a headline-grabbing industrial action intended primarily to bolster the campaign(s) of certain candidate(s) in the forthcoming Unite General Secretary election.
Crews may have been naive in the last vote, but those who fly regularly with the airline, or who know many crew, will also know that they are a professional band of men and women who are about as wilful and malicious as Miss Marple.
Suggestions to the contrary are what fill the ill-researched columns of mid-market tabloids (and lately, worryingly, the cut-and-paste departments of the online divisions of some of the supposedly more-rigorous broadsheets).