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So, more unsubstantiated rumour, Tete…
Talks going down to the wire, and the highly undemocratic Kangaroo “Branch Meetings” (note the plural, as the two Unite branches CC89 and BASSA still refuse to meet in the same room, even with their own membership) will be held on Thursday 12th May.
Meetings conveniently scheduled sequentially, with no system in place to avoid non-members turning up and voting, Unite’s General Membership actively encouraged to turn in (so you don’t even have to be a BA Cabin Crew to attend) and the potential for people to attend both meetings as they are not held at the same time.
Will the odious practice of involving children in such events be continued, as was the case last time:
Highly likely the show of hands would reject the offer, regardless of the true feelings of the majority of Cabin Crew, especially given that they won’t have an opportunity to be briefed in advance of the negotiations, and no effort whatsoever has been made to flag up in advance what is no longer in contention and where the real sticking points lie.
Impossible for cabin crew to make a judgement on such a complex issue in such a short amount of time, and while most crew are fed up and want an honourable settlement, this doesn’t align with the Branch Secretary’s pension schedule, so he has no incentive to conclude the dispute especially as he no longer is employed by BA.
Much the best outcome from this would be an unprotected strike, allowing the militant faction to vent, while simultaneously exposing the fact that BASSA no longer has the power to disrupt the operation (all longhaul flights will run as normal), while those who take strike action risk dismissal for gross misconduct.
Thankfully, Holley excluded from negotiations with BA.
Mandate for strike action lapses Sunday 15th, so the seven days notice required would suggest a strike would be on the cards from Sunday 22nd.
Offer looks likely to closely resemble the October 2010 Offer, which includes a pay RISE:
The company has offered a two year pay deal, effective from 1/2/2011 as follows:
Year one 2011/12 the company will increase base pay based on December 2010 RPI and capped at 2.9%
Year two 2012/13 the company will increase base pay based on December 2011 RPI and capped at 3%
Forward bookings still strong, so the public now aware of BASSA’s impotence and no longer put off booking, especially higher margin flexible and premium cabin bookings.
Will anyone notice a strike, except the badly led BASSA militants who will lose their jobs?