British Airways cabin crew strikers prepared for long haul | Business | The Guardian

This is a shameful distortion of events. The Guardian reports that mixed fleet BA staff have fought for better pay for six months but, despite plans for further action, the airline won’t settle.

Source: British Airways cabin crew strikers prepared for long haul | Business | The Guardian

Actually, Corbyn‘s Marxist economy has not yet arrived in the UK. We live in a market based economy where the customer and market forces prevail, unless inertia intervenes – the unions are a classic example of inertia damaging what’s best for customers, both in terms of value and quality.

Because of militant unions and poorly motivated staff, BA has been going downhill for years. People like myself are scared to book a BA flight because of flight disruption. If I could use my airmiles, I’d be finished with BA for good. Let’s face it, BA just can’t compete with the likes of Emirates or Air Asia.

Surely, it’s time  to withdraw scheduled routes on the back of poor delivery, including strikes and service quality, measured by international benchmarks?


Opinion – British Airways: All flights cancelled amid IT crash – BBC News – John Gelmini

British Airways has for many years pretended that it is the “World’s favourite airline” with indifferent customer service, old and frequently ugly stewardesses who think they are God’s gift to the world and whose presence on their flights should be viewed by passengers with unrelenting gratitude.

Dr Alf who has travelled more than most people will be able to see some grain of truth in this and I having been about the world a fair bit, thankfully on mostly other airlines’ flights, have seen more than enough.

BA and its CEO’s are based in London close to Heathrow for the convenience of their directors and senior managers and for years had presided over restrictive practices within their cabin crews who to this day are some of the oldest in the industry and haughty to boot.

Things have changed but others are more efficient and have moved faster with the times.

This incident with IT is not abnormal but the response was too slow and too inadequate.

BA is still prisoner to the ossified attitudes of its pre nationalised predecessor and needs to be put quietly to death by reallocating all its routes to nimbler more competitive airlines.

Its executives will doubtless find other jobs but should not be given golden goodbyes just a P45 and severance pay.

John Gelmini