Thursday, January 20, 2011

British Airways strike: time to grow up

British Airways cabin crew will announce the result of yet another ballot for strike action tomorrow. Most commentators seem to think that they will again vote in favour ,but this time there will be less taking part in the ballot and possibly a smaller majority. There is also a widely held confidence in the management of the airline that they can ensure the majority of flights will operate throughout any action.

As a captain with BA, I have flown freshly with those cabin crew colleagues who trust they must fight on, those who have given up, those who never took up the strike and those who have volunteered from other parts of the airline to break the strike. Sometimes it was all of the above on the same crew – which is no basis for the calm and professional service on which my colleagues and the airline pride themselves.

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