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Old 08-12-2005, 06:46 AM   #16
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yeah, the company who sacked the 600 workers, Gate Gourmet, are a Texas based company. Nothign to do with BA apart from supplying their in flight catering.

Personally, I feel that the BA workers have done a good job in highlighting the sacked workers plight, as without this strike in support, it would have had nowhere near teh amount of publicity. It's a shame that BA has had to be drawn into all of this though - they are bearing the brunt of the disruption, and had only just recovered from negative PR surrounding previous industrial actions.

I wonder if american workers did strike also. I realy don`t see any solidarity between workers here in the states.




..and i wanna go home next saturday Is the strike over ?
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Gosh, that's terrible. They just fired them, no talks, no nothing...........
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Gosh, that's terrible. They just fired them, no talks, no nothing...........
They fired non-working workers.

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The dispute began when Gate Gourmet dismissed 600 staff after an unofficial strike on Wednesday over the company's restructuring plans.
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Old 08-12-2005, 07:09 AM   #19
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the union is taking legal advice over the sackings

American-style union-busting tactics (not my words) don't go down well over here
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Most unions are politicized and do not do their job of protecting the employees. The majority of union delegates want their own benefit before protecting their colleagues.

So, in my opinion, the majority of unions deserve the bad reputation they got.
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the union is taking legal advice over the sackings
Unions

Unofficial strikes
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Most unions are politicized and do not do their job of protecting the employees. The majority of union delegates want their own benefit before protecting their colleagues.

So, in my opinion, the majority of unions deserve the bad reputation they got.
I think most rank & file workers would be shocked to hear the salaries of the union officials they support.
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I'm not anti-worker or anything, but I'd have to agree more with financeguy, U2@NYC, and NBC on this...Unions aren't really the golden standard themselves.
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Unions

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90% of Unions

Every single union in Argentina
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CNN's saying the strike is over...
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Strike isn't over, BA are managing to get some planes in the sky.

Seeing the catering workers on the tv the majority are older asian workers on pretty crappy money, they walked out on Wednesday in protest about restructuring. Their Union reps are talking to the company with the arbitration folk.

The BA workers, mostly baggage handlers, is unofficial, the union is urging them to go back but there must be something underlying about the whole thing to get them all to walk out.

I have to say I admire the BA guys for taking up the cause of fellow workers in this day and age where most folk are only out for themselves.
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Oh, nevermind then.
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I think most rank & file workers would be shocked to hear the salaries of the union officials they support.
I guess the unions are different in the Netherlands than in the states. And that the officials earn more than me, it only fair because they have a hard job. Attacks by politician, companie bosses ect.


I only know that my Union did a very well job for defending my rigts to go on pension with 59, my overtime payment and my wage. I trust my union more then a big companie boss that only want to make more and more money.
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I guess the unions are different in the Netherlands than in the states. And that the officials earn more than me, it only fair because they have a hard job. Attacks by politician, companie bosses ect.


I only know that my Union did a very well job for defending my rigts to go on pension with 59, my overtime payment and my wage. I trust my union more then a big companie boss that only want to make more and more money.
HUH?

So, Union bosses deserve more money....but CEOs and company presidents don't?

I think CEOs and company heads face even more pressure these days than any Union boss could ever face.

EVERYONE at my company is facing pay cuts. All labor groups and management. Guess what at least one of the Unions did? Yup....raise the dues.

but hey.....

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So, Union bosses deserve more money....but CEOs and company presidents don't?
No, but it does seem a little silly to say workers are being manipulated because their union leader earns a higher wage than they do when you consider that if they work for a corporation like Microsoft or Nike the CEO of that company is earning a salary which is many, many times higher than that of a union leader. Nobody seems to think workers are being manipulated because BA bosses earn salaries of several million pounds per year, but they're quick to label it manipulation when a union leader earns a salary of around £80,000 per year.

The workers productivity is directly funding the CEOs huge salary, just as the workers union dues are funding the union leaders salary.
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