No, "oops, they're at it again..." is not a new
Britney Spears song, but it is more than likely that the current
problems at British Airways - with some staff threatening to
strike right in the middle of the busy Christmas holiday period -
is music to the ears of Sir Richard Branson and other airline
chiefs that operate to and from the UK.
British Airways has said it has commenced legal
action in an attempt to protect customers from further massive
stress and disruption threatened by Unite's decision to call a
12-day strike from 22 December 2009. BA has also called on Unite
to call off the industrial action.
British Airways managers are busy trying to
establish which cabin crew might wish to work normally during the
strike period so that they can calculate which services will be
the most affected.
Willie Walsh, British Airways chief executive,
said, "We are absolutely determined to do whatever we can to
protect our customers from this appalling, unjustified decision
from Unite ..... We do not want to see a million Christmases
Regardless of the inner workings of this latest
dispute, simply threatening strike action during such a busy
holiday period places untold stress on hundreds of thousands of innocent
passengers, reflects poorly on the airline and the UK in general,
and does no favours for the airline industry.
A court is expected to rule today (Thursday)
whether the strike is unlawful or not.
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