So. Unite have finally gained their right to strike. The best paid cabin crew in the airline industry have won their fight for industrial action. Some say that Unite is using BA for its own Left Wing political aims which has more to do with confrontation than looking after the interests of BA union members.
This is an old story and one I witnessed... whilst in the CPSA in the early 1980's when communists gained control of my immediate local union. What they wanted was confrontation with the government of the day. I put this question to a Left Wing friend I have known for many years. He looked at me for a while and asked me a question.
"Do you know why the BA Cabin Crew want to strike?"
I said I had no idea since they are the best paid in the business. So he kindly explained that BA management want to drastically reduce pay & conditions.
Ah...I said. I didn't know that. End of story.
So now I support the strike by BA?
Yesterday, it was revealed that BA have lost about five hundred million pounds sterling in the last financial year. And, a similar amount of money the year before. To stay competitive they must cut costs. This seems to me to be sound financial management. But I know that some are not interested in this discussion. What they want is industrial action for the sake of political confrontation.
Will the class war ever end?