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March 19, 2010

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MartinW

BA should emulate the wise action of Ronald Reagan and sack every one who strikes. Later, the Conservatives must seek no strike agreements with all transport workers, and if the unions prove intransigent, then impose them.
The egregious Bob Crow flexing his muscles today, I note.

Allan

MartinW.,

It would be illegal to sack workers on strike. This point has been addressed on a number of times in the Courts. Even those well known members of the Establishment, the Law Lords, have made it clear that such action would leave the company open to massive claims for damages.

"Later, the Conservatives must seek no strike agreements with all transport workers, and if the unions prove intransigent, then impose them."

May I make the presumption that if you wish to impose a 'no strike' deal, you have no objection to the setting up of a mandatory independent Pay Award Body, with the awards paid in full and on time.

Bedd Gelert

"Later, the Conservatives must seek no strike agreements with all transport workers, and if the unions prove intransigent, then impose them."

Why Stop There ?? Suspend democracy, bring back feudalism and un-abolish slavery while we are at it.

And make all human beings the personal property of a particular corporation.

RichardJ

It should be legal for companies to sack workers who go on strike. Whether workers are allowed to strike should be a purely contractual matter.

In return legislation outlawing secondary picketing and telling the Unions how to run themselves should be repealed. Whether a company has a closed shop should also be subject to contract.

In short, get the government out of legislating on business-labour relations. Do not give artificial support to either side.

clive elliot

Surely you CAN sack everyone who goes on strike ? What you can't do is pick and choose/discriminate by sacking some strikers and not others.

Why should anyone who doesn't turn up for work be entitled to keep his job?

Super Blue

Charlie Whelan's Operation Blackmail is on.

Chavscum

Just another nail in the coffin for BA. Those voting to strike are acting out of pure self interest. They must realise by striking BA will lose customers to competition, worsening their losses and threatening more the future of thousands of BA employees and BA suppliers, but as long as they get a better deal in the short-term, they don't care.

Alex

Some interesting stuff.

N.B. hunting union members with dogs is no longer legal, (regretable, I know) and the EU would probably stop it anyway (what would you expect from a bunch of foreign wimps).

Maybe you should hurry up Admin's creation of the new icon denoting frothing at the mouth....

Alex

@chavscum

"Those voting to strike are acting out of pure self interest".

Excuse me, but isn't acting out of self interest a conservative virtue...?

Or are people you don't know personally not allowed to act out of self interest..

In which case, can you suggest whose interest should they act in?

Alex

or...in whose interest they should act..?

Super Blue

I quite expect these clowns to blackmail the general public but risking the very future of BA is Samsonian.

HYUFD

I think BA will lose some customers to short-haul airlines but it will still retain its long-haul base over Virgin. None the less we need to tighten strike laws asap once in government!

Paul

I honestly don't believe that anyone can be blamed for wanting to better their working conditions. Whether that means more pay, bennifits or just general conditions. Unions do serve a purpose but honestly the only ones who win in a strike are the union boses. Perhaps everyone involved should take a look at this website http://www.poverty.com/
This includes not only union bosses but management and the crews themselves. Things arn't so bad when you look at the big picture and perhaps we should all be a little more gratefull for what we have.

trev

the crews, if sacked, will take jobs on less money at different airlines as its all they know. This in turn will affect the crews of the other airlines. Dog eat Dog, when it suits

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