Reply To: Unite/BASSA to Strike 20/3 for 3 Days, 27/3 for 4 Days

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While, at a quick glance, it might appear that WW is being deliberately awkward in not now putting the offer back on the table, it is not actually so. He did make it very clear, many weeks ago, that if action started and BA incurred costs, then any offer must be reduced to recover any additional costs.

BA have now spent upwards of £20 million on contingency plans and alternative flights so, if he did now restore the offer, then Unite would be saying how crazy WW is as he could have settled earlier and not spent the money. Unfortunately Unite only decided to accept the offer after it had been withdrawn, with due notice given of the consequences.

Like it or not, Unite are going to lose face on this as their next “condition” will be that travel perks are restored to the strikers. If BA did give these back it would send a clear message that Unite are in charge. I guess that the travel perks saved are probably significantly more than £10 million each year.

BA, and WW, are past the point of no return. Unfortunately Unite may also be.

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