Monday, February 14, 2011

BA Strike Update – Unite Likely to Miss Royal Wedding

Unite has no plans of ruining the festive mood of the Britons during the royal wedding as there is very little chance of the union going on a strike during the mega public event if the strike ballot authorises them with industrial action.

Unite a union that represents British Airways’ cabin crew, has been entangled with the airline in a perennial dispute over conditions, pay and the removal of staff perks. So far the dispute has caused £150 million to the national airline apart from creating utmost discomfort to the travellers. A number of flights were cancelled during past strikes and airports witnessed complete chaos as BA cabin crew staged walkouts.

Reports that the union is unlikely to go on a strike during Royal Wedding will surely please holiday makers who booked their tickets on flights well in advance in order to make sure that they won’t have to loot a bank for their flight tickets later. Cheap tickets on flights will surely be a utopian concept in the peak travel period later on.

Speculations were rife that strike will indeed take place during the royal wedding when Len McCluskey, Unite’s general secretary, refused to rule out the royal wedding as a possible action period. However, now it is believed that Unite wants no disruptions during the major event.

"It is a bank holiday. I doubt whether many of our members will want to take strike action," McCluskey was quoted as stating in an interview given to the BBC this month.

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