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Hope Duncan takes BA to ET and kicks their backside. I've never flown with them since the Virgin dirty tricks debacle - we go with Virgin or Singapore Airlines depending on where we are going who are far better than BA's rude service. I've never worked in the airline industry or BA but I know a number of people who have and BA's senior managers have a long and well established record of ineptitude in industrial relations and archaic employment practices.

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Goodluck FF, for starting that Pompey thread you are a legend!

 

Let's hope this thread doesn't touch 500 pages.

 

Thanks for all your messages - not worth getting into the whys and wherefores but for what it is worth this is all about the dispute and my part in it.

Regardless of your views on unions take it from me I was sacked for going about my union duties in a manner that BA had over the previous 12 years had no issue with.

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Duncan, good luck to you. I know you have been shafted. You alluded to a union breaker being employed by BA. Sad days....how do workers and management talk without unions? I guess they don't!! One side the management will dictate to the workers who will just have to accept it or leave.

 

Will I fly BA again? Not if I can help it

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Let's hope this thread doesn't touch 500 pages.

 

Thanks for all your messages - not worth getting into the whys and wherefores but for what it is worth this is all about the dispute and my part in it.

Regardless of your views on unions take it from me I was sacked for going about my union duties in a manner that BA had over the previous 12 years had no issue with.

 

Have Radio 5 run an interview today with that bloke they had on before? He spoke a lot of sense. :)

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Does this mean Duncy is responsible for the BA strikes? You know, the ones that cost thousands of innocent people hundreds of pounds and cost them their holidays?

 

Yep. Don't forget the additional loss of revenue and reputation to BA, which will cost his members jobs in the long run.

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Have Radio 5 run an interview today with that bloke they had on before? He spoke a lot of sense. :)[/quote

 

Next Tuesday Victoria Derbyshire show - have a listen if you are up in time.

 

As for being scruffy - did not know i was going to be on tele when i left home - that interview was conducted Junction 3 on the M3!

 

As for being militant - no not me, just believe in sticking uop for people's rights.

 

As for ruining peoples holidays - unfortunately strikes do hurt people but the fault does not have to be the Unions. If you are being driven into a corner and an employer wants to take all your terms and conditions off you so you will struggle to pay your morgage etc etc what do you suggest Stu?

 

I believe in what I do and now I have lost my job. I still have 2 kids at school, but I would do it again because I believe in what I do. Sorry.

 

I am a middle of the road socialist, not a commie or a trot. In fact I voted Liberal today because I see them as the only party with an ounce of decency in them.

I happen to care about people worse off than me - hence me getting involved in the Union.

It's no more no less.

 

Cheers for the messages of support - it's been a long day already and it aint over yet!

 

Anyway I have always the Saints to cheer me up. Gulp!

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Duncan, good luck to you. I know you have been shafted. You alluded to a union breaker being employed by BA. Sad days....how do workers and management talk without unions? I guess they don't!! One side the management will dictate to the workers who will just have to accept it or leave.

 

Will I fly BA again? Not if I can help it

 

 

The action was all about protecting the excessive pay, staffing and conditions of long haul crew at Heathrow. Thats why Gatwick and the regional airports werent interested in supporting the strike. All Duncan has done is accelerated the drift of people away from BA to Easyjet, Ryanair and the like who dont pay cabin crew £50,000pa.

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Good luck Duncan.

 

I'm not a great Union man but I can quite believe that this action is the latest action in BA heavy handed game plan to become the English version of Ryanair.

 

PS Will this give you more time to get an update of ITN together?

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Hi Duncan, sorry to hear your news today. I may be a conservative (with a small 'c') but I'm not anti-unions when they operate in a moderate way, which I know you do.

 

To address Stu's point ... Perhaps one way of hitting BA's management where it hurts without affecting the "average Joe's" holiday plans would be to refuse to serve business and 1st class passengers on long haul flights. My understanding is that airlines like BA make most of their profits from the top 10% or so of their clientele so might that have been a more targetted option?

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Hi Duncan, sorry to hear your news today. I may be a conservative (with a small 'c') but I'm not anti-unions when they operate in a moderate way, which I know you do.

 

To address Stu's point ... Perhaps one way of hitting BA's management where it hurts without affecting the "average Joe's" holiday plans would be to refuse to serve business and 1st class passengers on long haul flights. My understanding is that airlines like BA make most of their profits from the top 10% or so of their clientele so might that have been a more targetted option?

 

I do hope you are not an advisor to the unions or management with ideas like this!!

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Hi Duncan, sorry to hear your news today. I may be a conservative (with a small 'c') but I'm not anti-unions when they operate in a moderate way, which I know you do.

 

To address Stu's point ... Perhaps one way of hitting BA's management where it hurts without affecting the "average Joe's" holiday plans would be to refuse to serve business and 1st class passengers on long haul flights. My understanding is that airlines like BA make most of their profits from the top 10% or so of their clientele so might that have been a more targetted option?

 

Virgin Atlantic can break even on an Airbus A340 flight by selling 7 first class seats and nothing else. Or at least they could, that has probably changed with oil prices.

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Virgin Atlantic can break even on an Airbus A340 flight by selling 7 first class seats and nothing else. Or at least they could, that has probably changed with oil prices.

Aye, that was my suspicion. Any thoughts on this Duncan? I.e. Hit the fat cats without hitting the families who have spent a year looking forward to their holidays? (I'm not having a pop here, just chewing the cud on alternative courses of action)

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Best of luck in the future FF,Nice to see not everybodys joined the (im all right jack brigade.)The people moaning about the unions are the same lot who graciously accept their payrises negotiated by hardworking people like your goodself.

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