Hot on the heels of Unite managing to overturn the High Court injunction stopping the strike comes the news that BA made a loss of £531 million in the year ended March 31st.
Included in the loss total is around £50 million from the last strike called by Unite.
Not included in the total loss figure is the impact of the volcanic ash cloud Read the rest of this entry
The actions of the Labour Party’s paymasters the Unite Union over the industrial action hark straight back to 1970s and Red Robbo the communist trade union organiser who did his very best to break British Leyland. Strikes were called for any reason and walkout occurred at the drop of a hat.
British Payland is no more, in addition to a workforce more interested in striking than working the majority of cars they produced were utter rubbish and all that remains of BL is Jaguar Land Rover sold off by Sir Michael Edwardes in the 1980s to try to save BL.
British Airways has been an ongoing success story since being sold back into private ownership, once billed as the worlds favourite airline, recent times have been hard for BA and indeed all airlines. Increasing fuel prices, “Green taxes” and other tax measures coming down the line mean it is a harsh financial climate that the aviation industry is facing.
Just when you think things can’t get any worse a volcano with unspellable name in Iceland grounds all UK flights for several days and the airlines lose still more money. Read the rest of this entry
The most stupid strike in recent years is now into it’s first day.
British Airways are claiming that sufficient cabin crew have turned up for them to operate the published service, while Labour’s paymasters Unite are claiming well populated picket lines; nothing unusual in the rhetoric.
The strike has caused a storm in politics, but nowhere more so than in the Labour Party. Last weekend the Transport Secretary Lord Adonis had the temerity to blame Unite for the strike, the fallout was almost instantaneous with Labour’s paymasters calling Downing Street and telling them to muzzle Lord Adonis and that Unite should NOT BE BLAMED for the strike.
On Monday Gordon Brown was on the BBC Radio 4 program Womans Hour where he manged to utter a few words like “deplorable”, “wrong time”, “unjustified” but could go no further for fear of having the purse strings cut by Charlie Wheelan.
BA and many other airlines are in a very weakened state financially because of the recession, ever increasing Green taxes for the non existent AGW threat and the price of aviation fuel. Read the rest of this entry
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. Read the rest of this entry