There really is very remote likelihood of a walkout; even Duncan Holley the Branch Secretary of BASSA, the Unite Branch which is behind this action, has stated on 13th February 2011 that he doesn’t think a walkout will be necessary:
QUOTE: Duncan Holley
This is a different phase of the dispute that we are now in, it’s no longer about rushing into strike dates; it is all about sending a message.
You no longer need actual strikes to pressure the company – ballots can have the same effect, since they carry the threat of strikes. It would now appear that a simple, well-placed cross on the ballot paper removes some of the need to actually lose money and stand on picket lines.
Why? Because every time a ballot is announced – and they will be, on and on until a fair solution has been found – it has the same effect as going on strike. The continued uncertainty keeps passengers away in their droves, and leaves BA a house divided internally, without the morale needed to deliver the top-class service we all want.
We simply need to have good, strong ballot results every time, the higher the percentage the better, to keep this pressure on. So go ahead BA legal, congratulate yourselves on your “brilliant” strategy.