British Airways on 'cyberspace witch hunt' of staff
British Airways are on "a cyberspace witch-hunt" according to some (not us... why would we say such a thing?) after they suspended 15 cabin crew members. What for? Well, BA said it had acted over "inappropriate postings" made on the website of union Unite, adding it would not tolerate "intimidation of staff".
But wait! Unite are saying that this isn't the case at all! While Unite are balloting 13,000 BA staff on strike action, they reckon that these (alleged) comments were made on Facebook and not on their website.
British Airways are saying that they came across a chatroom on the Unite union's website and deemed the language in some of the comments to amount to intimidation. Is this a case of people getting their personal privacy compromised? How about that for easing the relations between the two in crunch talks - talks that have reportedly become an increasingly bitter and fraught scrap.
You see, it's all because BA want to make rather large changes in the terms and conditions of its staff. For starters, they want three quarters of its crew to accept pay rises of 2-7% followed by a pay freeze but at the same time, wants 3,000 staff to switch to part-time working, along with a reduction in onboard crewing levels to 14 from 15 on long-haul flights from London's Heathrow airport.
These all seem like pissy little things from the outside looking in... but y'know, I'm sure it's all rather justified. Either way, it's all kicking off and shit is being slung from both sides. It might be worth booking flights with absolutely any other company until they get all this sorted out.
The verdict is due on February 22 and if industrial action does go ahead it will be on March 1.