I believe that the reason Walsh had to deal with the unions was because of his style of management and his unwavering belief that he should be obeyed and his dictatcs followed to the letter. That was an issue he created so why should he be praised for dealing with it??
Furthermore in terms of improving BA’s product, customer relations, coporate profile and performance I don’t think that he has been a remarkable success at any of these.
BA no longer offer a competitive or the best product. They have an ageing fleet and have as yet to take delivery of the A380.
As a company and like the UK in general the past 15 years has been one of decline and not advancement.
Good luck with your awards from fellow corporate high fliers but the real accolades you should be seeking are from the people who pay to fly and these will be in short supply.