By: Dr Matthew Partridge 12/09/2019 The British Airways pilots’ strike is the latest mishap in a series of PR disasters for the national flag-carrier. Where does it go from here? Matthew Partridge reports. British Airways’ pilots this week embarked on the “first walkout by flight crew in the carrier’s history”, says Graeme Paton in The Sunday Times. The strikes came after its 4,300 pilots rejected a pay offer that the airline claims “would cost it £50m over three years, on top of the 11.5% pay deal already offered”. The union insists that a settlement will cost British Airways (BA) less than the £100m sales the airline stands to lose in the strike.This is “a textbook example of industrial-relations hubris”, says Simon Calder in The Independent. A union “representing a relatively well-paid group of workers” agrees to an above-inflation deal, “then backtracks and demands more”. At the same time, you have a “highly profitable employer” deciding to ground “virtually all” its flights rather than concede “a few million pounds a year extra on its wage bill”. This dispute “between well-heeled foes who really should have the same direction of travel” does neither side any credit. Who’s to blame? It’s unfair to… Read full this story
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