BA denies 'union busting' charges
Saturday 11 September 2010
British Airways today insisted it was committed to working with its trade unions despite claims that it was engaged in "union busting" over the bitter row with its cabin crew.
Unite has announced it was calling a meeting of its representatives at the company to give details of what it believed was a plan to "eliminate" it from a sizeable part of the organisation.
Around 80 British Airways cabin crew have now been sacked or suspended since the start of the conflict, which started out over cost-cutting but has grown into a dispute over staff travel concessions and disciplinary action, with little prospect of the deadlock being broken.
Tony Woodley, Unite's joint leader, said today he remained committed to reaching a settlement, but he accused BA of prolonging the dispute by insisting on "collective punishment" of cabin crew who took part in a wave of strikes earlier this year.
"It is now clear that agreed procedures are being abused for purposes of trying to destroy trade unionism among cabin crew. It was my view from the start that this, not cost reductions, was BA's real agenda and looking at the company's recent actions unfortunately I have been proved right," he said.
A BA spokesman said: "We have been available for talks at every stage, and continue to remain in contact with Unite.
"We remain committed to working with our trade unions and have already agreed deals with Unite, on our pensions plan and with our engineers represented by the union."
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
- 1 Woman 'suffocates newborn baby in plastic bag and puts it in her desk minutes after giving birth'
- 3 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 5 Chinese student carries disabled friend to school every day for three years
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
£35 - 45k: Guru Careers: An MI Developer is needed to join the leading provide...
£20000 - £22500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This leisure organisation manag...
£25000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Delivering an inspiring, engagi...
£17500 - £20500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They are looking for a great te...