BASSA has itself admitted the strikes were a failure:
Wonga you ask the reason why we agreed to drop the cases? Well in a nutshell here is your answer
– It was part of the negotiated settlement. This is how it works!
BA say you can have your ST if you drop the litigation.
Our thought process goes along the following lines – as litigation would not automatically mean we get it back and the decision could take years, we reps decide it is worth accepting.
This is how negotiaions work – you have got to give something to get something. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush type of decision and one that makes perfect sense.
Remember we did not win this dispute, we did not have the company on its knees begging for mercy, had everyone gone on strike and no VCCs had turned we would have been in a much stronger position and perhaps got both the ST back and pressed ahead with the litigation but as strong as we were we failed to get much of an upper hand. In fact with everyone apart from the Queen and the Pope on Willie’s side it was is a miracle we have got what we have.