This is the sort of thread that brings out those who are always against any worker going on strike no matter what the circumstances. People will say just how hard up the employers are, how foolish such action is etc. etc. Has it not occurred to you that the workers already know all this but still vote for strike action. This is a democracy that we live in and workers are perfectly entitled to strike as long as they do so within the law. People have fought long and hard for the right to strike and only do so as a last resort. Like all such disputes there are two sides to the story.
is essentially over the issue of the restoration of the travel perks that were withdrawn from staff who went on strike in the November 2009 dispute.
The Union wants the perks restored in full, and BA doesn't want to do it. Unite also wants arbitration through Acas of all cabin crew disciplinary cases related to the dispute, and restoration of pay to those who were genuinely sick during the dispute.
Now it seems to me that there is room for negotiation here, particularly over the travel perks. The other issues could in fact be dealt with by arbitration - ACAS is good at that.
Why do you think that we can see that when they (apparently) can't?
It's the reason that ACAS was set up. People who are close to a dispute are often unable to back off and contemplate a compromise; they're too entrenched in their own positions to see what to outsiders seems glaringly obvious. Give and take - it makes winners of us all.