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  1. A lot and i mean of BA cabin crew i know have more than 1 mortgage, they are big btl people.
  2. Well said, I'm sick of these militant little jumped up union jobsworth's making everyone elses life a misery so they can dig their heels in for the hell of it, most times unions do not put their members worth first, they put them on the chopping block. let them strike, but i bet you they will be the first to complain when the company has sacked half their backsides, saying "what did we do". Let the cabin crew face the people stuck in terminals, but they won't, they'll bypass the people through the backdoor crew rooms and its the poor desk monkeys in the terminal who'll get it in the neck.
  3. Not at all, its about knowing when you can strike without cutting your own throat doing it, fine, strike if you are in good financial times with a company thats buoyant, thats not the case, here you have a company on the verge of going down being held to ransom by the cabin crew who are very generously paid whilst other employees in the same company have accepted pay cuts and part time and redundancies. If they strike, a lot of people are going to be screwed if they strike but you are quite happy for peoples holidays to be ruined because of selfish overpaid people who mostly work especially if your long haul about 10 - 15 days a month taking massive payments for staying abroad and other cabin crew overpaid for unprofitable routes. Simple economics, if they aint making money, something has to go, in this case they may just take the whole shebang down with them. Whether its routes, staff or assets, something has to go. Not clever.
  4. Nonsense, so you think a company that is on the verge of economic disaster should have its employees basically put it in the shiite, then you need your head looked at. BA staff are well paid and not overworked, they just got away with the gravy train for so long they forgot what real salaries and jobs were. As bloated a company as there ever was. their cabin crew needs halved for a start, cushy weeks abroad with high payment of bonuses. and don't get me started on royal mail, with the service that companies give, they have no right to be doing what they have done either, they are lucky to have jobs considering the service standard. Theres a depression on and no work, yet people seem to think they can strike, its a smack on those who actually have no work.
  5. They also seem to not realise, the public will not be on their side on this one, they sympathy level for BA crew is non existant and it seems to be a militant union who think they still have the same muscle they had 20 years ago, whole new ballgame now. EU law says the govt cannot interfere with airline bailouts, so quite frankly BA will be up the creek without paddle should the crew do a lemming off the cliff.
  6. Air strike threat to Christmas holidays as 13,000 BA staff poised to vote on 'suicidal' walkout. Well if they do, then BA is finished this will just be the last straw and BA will probably fall to bits. How can they walk out in the middle of a recession when there are millions looking for jobs, its not like they are underpaid. Will the govt step in, are they able to? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1235521/BA-cabin-crew-poised-chaotic-Christmas-strikes.html British Airways cabin crew are expected to plunge thousands of passengers into Christmas flight chaos by voting today to strike. The move would deal a heavy blow to the national carrier as it struggles to turn round record losses last year of £401million. BA's 13,000 cabin crew already earn twice as much as their Virgin Atlantic counterparts. If, as the Unite union expects, a majority backs a walkout, it will add to the company's financial woes and hand an early Christmas gift to rivals at one of the busiest times of the year. The BA stoppage could be the first of several in the next month unless a settlement can be reached in the bitter stand-off between the airline and Unite over cuts in jobs and changes to working practices. The walkouts would see a repeat after the long-haul of the horrific disruption at Heathrow Airport two years ago when fog halted flights, leaving passengers stranded at terminals over Christmas. People caught out by a strike next week would have little prospect of finding flights with other carriers because of the seasonal rush. Union chiefs called the strike ballot after months of talks. BA said it still hopes to avoid a walkout - but the talks, which broke down on Friday night, remained stalled last night. BA's cutbacks include reducing the number of cabin crew on long-haul flights from 15 to 14, about 1,000 voluntary redundancies and 3,000 staff being asked to go part-time.
  7. http://blogs.wsj.com/iainmartin/2009/12/09/uk-general-election-looks-set-for-march-25th/ U.K. General Election Looks Set for March 25 Iain Martin The entire prebudget report circus today had an unreal feel to it, as though it was happening on a strange and distant world called Planet Politics. From the chancellor there were the usual unconvincing Treasury projections on the size of the deficit and future growth (which usually turn out to be be optimistic nonsense because of the way in which they were formulated, as John Kay wrote today). In the end, the most solidly constructed element of the proposals was the rather cleverly put together tax on bankers bonuses. It is a raid on banks bonus pools, which will shrink the amount left that they can pay out to employees. This may force them to dramatically cut the amount they put aside to pay out bonuses to employees because they won’t want to hand over such a large chunk of the pot to government. The banks will then find other uses for the money (rebuilding capital and possibly increasing salaries a little as a sop to disappointed employees). So, for the public’s pleasure the government delivers smaller bonuses without having to get into the messy business of trying to tax individual bankers. Cunning. And the rest? It seems obvious that it was aimed at an election earlier than May, with polling day probably on March 25. In this scenario, Brown would ask the Queen for a dissolution after Parliament returns from its two-week recess on Monday, Feb. 22. That would lead into a four-week-and-a-bit campaign. A Tory MP I’ve just spoken to says: “Don’t rule out a date before March 25, in February even. If Brown can keep Cameron below 40% in the polls then he’ll not get a better chance.” Interesting, but I’m not sure I buy the idea he’ll be that bold. And a January or February election is fraught with difficulties, not least of which are the weather and the British being completely miserable in those months. They hate anyone — such as politicians handing out leaflets — coming to their door in the depths of winter and bothering them at home. Either way, it doesn’t look like they’ll wait until May. After today I just cannot see Darling, or Brown, wanting to come back to the Commons with another budget before firing the starting gun. Can you envisage it? The pair of them wanting to troop back there in the spring, just to go through it all again with more tax rises and bad news on the country’s finances? No, it seems as though that was it. Darling and Brown have chosen their weapons. They’ll say: Growth is on the way, don’t let the Tories ruin it. And pensioners have been given a 2.5% upgrade to kick in after an election if Labour wins, providing a pretty simple rallying call to older voters: “Vote for us, and get a bit more money.” A March 25 election date would also help Labour on two fronts. The party machine is short of money, and would be better getting on with a short and sharp campaign. And the big tax rises — the increases in NI and the introduction of the 50 pence landline tax — won’t kick in until April. The Tories might say, during a March campaign, that this means there’s pain ahead, but Labour will respond by asking what they would do instead. It all points to March 25.
  8. courtesy is normally 1 month, i think, so probably Mar 1st http://www.parliament.uk/commons/lib/research/briefings/snpc-04454.pdf That tells you in full. Mind you not much time, thats why they delayed the PBr as parliament buggers off in a weeks time, comes back for 1 month, then breaks up for recess in Feb for 2 weeks, totally deliberate, it will be march 25th. Christmas 16 December 2009 to 5 January 2010 Half Term 10 February 2010 22 February 2010 Also i notice that they have not put any recess date in for easter, unusual, which kind of proves my point.
  9. Seems I'm not the only one, just now over at Conservative home. Tories accelerate planning for end-March election Senior Tories including David Cameron himself now think an end-March election is likelier than not. Nonetheless it's probably sensible for all Conservative candidates to plan for a 25th March polling day.
  10. They'll probably change domicile or something to avoid it, or pay it offshore or some other clever little thing like an expense bill of £50,000. They aint daft, they'll find a way.
  11. I was wondering when someone was going to say that.
  12. For one thing that makes me suspicious is they delayed this PBR from last month, so as little days of parliament left before the xmas break, they come back some time mid jan, election announced voila 25th March, does not give time for scrutiny. Its been planned, on top of that, it has been said all labour leave cancelled from mid jan onwards. i think it was deliberate that the PBR was held mid Dec so as people are too busy getting ready for Xmas and not digest it properly as they would in Nov.
  13. After all we have seen today and that bundle of shiite. Its obvious that they dont want to show any cuts or tax increases that I think the chances we get the Ge on March 25th have dramatically increased. Can't see it in May now. Brown will not want to do another budget with the whole scale horror unfolding? Thoughts please?
  14. Just been round all the news websites, talk about scathing comments at Labour, its like pitchfork territory out there.
  15. Well, All i can say is, that if Labour thought they could revive themselves with that PBR, they were sorely mistaken. What else is there to say but they have to go.
  16. I can't believe they are raising benefits with no money to do it with, a total piss in the wind.
  17. Osbourne is doing a really good job, i'm surprised, he's actually looking like a chancellor.
  18. Osbourne is giving to him with both barrels.
  19. more bloody overseas aid, how about home first you twont.
  20. No cuts, madness, they just handed the election to Cameron. How can they do this, totally ridiculous.
  21. another pension raid. I should have guessed.
  22. did he just do a tax raid on peoples pensions?
  23. I fail to see how any of this leads us to economic recovery, its all a sideshow for labour voters.
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