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Old 08-11-2005, 03:25 PM   #1
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British Airways have to cancel flights

British Airways have been forced to cancel strikes here in the UK.

The company who make the inflight meals sacked 800 workers yesterday. The baggage handlers and drivers have come out in support for these workers.

Over 60 short haul flights have been cancelled so far.

Go the workers!
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Old 08-11-2005, 03:27 PM   #2
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'Go the workers' - hmmmm

Oby, did you vote in my political spectrum poll yet?
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Old 08-11-2005, 03:33 PM   #3
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No finance guy, felt a bit out in the cold being a 'leftie'!!!
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Out in the cold?? Have you looked at the results to date?
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Time for replacements!
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Old 08-11-2005, 03:45 PM   #6
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In your poll most are solid liberal, I'm way left of that. Took the other one and came out about the same as Gandhi!
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Oh, it's to stop a strike? I saw a headline about grounding flights and freaked out and thought it had something to do with terrorist threats. You expect strikes. Whew!
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How a company can lay off 800 workers is beyond me.

We are having a strike in our neck of the woods with a telecomunications company. They provide a load of internet service, when the union went on strike they blocked the unions website to all their customers!! Dirty companies!

There was a poll here the other day of all the non-union companies in the prov. two thirds of companies polled said they were having work shortages, go figure!
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Re: British Airways have to cancel flights

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Old 08-12-2005, 05:08 AM   #10
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Found out this morning that people who were off sick/maternity/holidays were also sacked. Representative of the company said they would be reinstated.

Also heard that people were told they were sacked by megaphone.

It makes you sick.

The BA staff walked out when they heard this, I think there must be something underlying there too.

I know its hard for the people trying to travel but sometimes you've got to see it from other people's perspective.
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the thing that's causing all the controversy is the fact that the sacked workers worked for a completely different company, Gate Gourmet. The only connection is that they provide the in flight meals for BA. But since the BA workers went out in sympathy, it's BA that are bearing the brunt of it. They reckon they're losing millions every day the strike goes on as a result.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/4144386.stm
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Sign me up with the "solidarity for the workers" crowd. The livelihoods of those folks is more important to me than folks who are (admittedly quite) inconvienced on their way home. I'm impressed and hope this results in them getting their jobs back!
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So it has nothing to do with BA workers, it affects a different company.

So they are blackmailing the public........well what else are unions there for?
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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.

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Strikes can be hard for everyone - BA, the travelers, AND some of the people on strike I bet. My grandpa worked as head plumber for the city for 50 years and towards the end of his stint, the city workers all went on strike. My grandpa didn't want to b/c he really couldn't afford it, but what can you do? He had to get another job while the strike went on. Just another perspective I guess.
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