‘BA has treated staff appallingly by using cover of Covid to impose worse pay’ – Voice of the Mirror

‘Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has failed to lift a finger to try to resolve the growing number of disputes in the sector he is meant to oversee’

Travelers waiting in a long queue to pass through security at Heathrow earlier this month

British Airways staff have joined rail workers by voting to take strike action this summer.

After the chaos at airports witnessed over the Jubilee weekend the planned walkout will test the patience of travelers.

But they should direct their anger at BA’s bosses, not the trade unions. The airline has treated its staff appallingly by using the cover of Covid to impose worse pay and conditions.

Since flights returned to normal the company has increased wages but for managers, not rank-and-file staff.

Industrial action is always the last resort for the unions, not least because it costs members money for every day they are on strike.

They have been driven to this situation because bosses have refused to recognize that low-paid staff are struggling to make ends meet because of the cost-of-living crisis.

It does not help that the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has failed to lift a finger to try to resolve the growing number of disputes in the sector he is meant to oversee.

It is clear the Government is refusing to act because it would prefer to fight unions rather than address their legitimate concerns.







British Airways staff yesterday joined rail workers by voting to take strike action this summer (file photo)
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