Ryanair attacks "underworked" airport staff over strikes
The decision by BAA workers and their union Unite to consider industrial action later this month has incensed plenty of folk. If the strikes do go ahead, then six airports - Heathrow, Stansted, Southampton, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen - will be forced to shut down. The ballot was called over plans to offer workers a one per cent pay rise, an increase considered insulting by Unite - even though air travel has suffered at the hands of recession and major disruption in the past twelve months.
You won't see this often, but for once we agree with Ryanair. In a press release, the airline states it will be forced to cancel up to 300 flights per day at Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Stansted airports - disrupting the travel plans of up to 50,000 passengers each day of any strikes. They also mention statistics concerning traffic at BAA’s airports, which "fell 4% in 2009, and has fallen again by over 6% in the first half of 2010 so these underworked Unite strikers are even less busy now than they were last year."
Of course, Ryanair don't leave it there:
“There is no justification for any strikes by these selfish and underworked Unite members at a time when traffic at BAA’s airports is falling and they are even less busy than they were last year. Unite must not be allowed to blackmail ordinary passengers or their families by striking during the peak holiday season."
"If the Unite union closes the BAA airports, then they should be told in no uncertain terms that a pay freeze will immediately follow.”
Well said, Ryanair. Christ, did we just say that?