Airport strikes called off

  wids001 07:08 17 Aug 2010
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The press immediately vilified the Unite Union for calling a strike of airport services when a ballot showed a clear majority in favour.

Seems BAA were calling their bluff in the hope of the membership rejecting the call to strike. Once the ballot was known BAA called for more talks and a pay deal, which a spokesperson from BAA has admitted is affordable, was put on the table, and Unite are to recommend their members accept.

Last week BAA were saying that in the current economic climate they were in effect implimenting a pay freeze - a few days later they offer a "good" pay offer (their words) which is afforable (their words).

Yet another company using the recession as an excuse.

  Legolas 08:52 17 Aug 2010

Agreed

  Legolas 08:58 17 Aug 2010

Sorry I should expand. I am always surprised at the many voices that shout out against the unions holding companies to ransom. The fact is without the unions the working man would have no paid holidays, no maternity or paternity leave, no health and safety, no decent wage etc etc etc. It is the unions who over a period of many years have fought for and protected these hard won rights. Without doubt all of those who malign the unions have benifitted from some or all of the conditions etc that the unions have won for the working man over the years. We have very short memories

  Pine Man 08:59 17 Aug 2010

'Yet another company using the recession as an excuse.'

That's one view!

How about the union holding BAA to ransom as an alternative view?

Whether the rise is affordable or not is, in my opinion, irrelevant.

If companies that can afford it pay inflation busting pay increases it will play havoc with the economy.

  michaelw 09:33 17 Aug 2010

...Sorry I should expand. I am always surprised at the many voices that shout out against the unions holding companies to ransom. The fact is without the unions the working man would have no paid holidays, no maternity or paternity leave, no health and safety, no decent wage etc etc etc. It is the unions who over a period of many years have fought for and protected these hard won rights. Without doubt all of those who malign the unions have benifitted from some or all of the conditions etc that the unions have won for the working man over the years. We have very short memories...

That may have been true many years ago when unions were led by true socialists who cared for their members best interests. But I don't think that same principle holds true in today's economic climate. The heads of Unite are champagne socialists on fat salaries and rock solid pension schemes. And so are most union leaders.

Now is not the time to demand pay rises. Most of us have to tighten our belts until this economic mess clears in, possibly, a few years time.

What I think we are seeing from the unions is a competitive streak against the fat cat bosses who are giving themselves pay rises and sticking two fingers up at the rest of us. This has always been the case and always will be. But now is not the time to do it.

  wids001 11:27 17 Aug 2010

Michaelw.

"Some of Us" is the operative word here. Whenever recession bites its the same old story and we're told, we've all got to tighten our belts, when in reality it is only some of us. I've been there before - forced to take pay cuts because of the recession only to find proof later that the directors nearly doubled their pay at the same time!

And only recently, here where I live, council workers are having their pay frozen for the next two years whilst the council members have just voted to increase their own allowances.

Now might not be the time, but with the way prices are rising give it 6 months ....

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