Gordon Brown Fails To Criticise Unite Over British Airways Strike
The forthcoming BA strike called by the Labour Party’s pay masters, the Unite Union is one of the most stupid strikes of modern times.
Since the recession every airline has suffered badly, a lot have gone bust including some household names, the farcicial green taxes are increasing the cost of flying as the amount the disposable income in people’s pockets declines. In short the airlines cannot afford any interuptions to their declining revenue streams.
At the weekend Lord Adonis, the Transport Secretary caused a storm by blaming Unite for the strike; so big was the storm that Labour’s paymasters Unite called Downing Street to say that they should not be blamed for the strike.
Proving again that he who pays the piper calls the tune, Gordon Brown on Woman’s Hour on Radio 4 this morning when asked about the strike had this to say:
Asked about the strike, he said: “It’s the wrong time. It’s unjustifed. It’s deplorable.”
He added: “It’s not in the company’s interest, it’s not in the workers’ interest, it’s not in the national interest.”
He said that while the strike was “regrettable and not acceptable”, ministers should try to act as honest brokers between the company and the trade union, Unite. “It is worthy of effort to try to prevent it,” he said.
His words contast with the language used by the Transport Secretary described the seven days of planned walkouts by thousands of cabin crew as “deplorable” and “totally unjustified”.
The row highlights the close relationship between Labour and Unite — the union has donated £11 million to the party in the past three years.
The BA crew strike is due to start on Saturday with a three-day walkout, followed by four days of industrial action from the following weekend.
Labour sources insisted that the party would not offer “deals” to the union, and a spokesman for No 10 said last night: “Lord Adonis speaks for the whole government.”