Hmm… so what on earth has the pain of the last year achieved for cabin crew ? OK we all knew that as soon as the ‘imposition’ case was lost, the union was on a hiding to nothing.
The deal looks awfully similar to the one that was agreed between Tony Woodley and Willie Walsh last year – the one that was rejected by a consultative ballot and when revamped didn’t make it as far as the membership because of the CC89/BASSA hissy.
The only new items on this one are that some payments are to become contractual. In terms of sacked/suspended crew, it actually is worse as it only covers cases yet to be completed. I believe the earlier offers covered all disciplinaries.
The merging of the two branches is a fig leaf for Unite. It means the embarrassment about the BASSA accounts gets buried very deep. It also means that the ‘novel’ constitution and reimbursement of post holders gets swept away. It allows individuals like the BASSA branch sec and chair to quietly disappear. In short, it provides a fresh start unfettered by baggage from the past. Maybe this time around the new branch will be led by individuals who will remember that their first duty is to act in the interests of the membership.
Hopefully the new branch will remember Churchill’s phrase ‘better jaw-jaw than war war.’.