Wednesday, 1 July 2009

A timely word to Mr Walsh

Even with the speed of communication the Internet gives us, things are happening so quickly that it’s sometimes hard to keep up.

However, one snippet (from a Peter Hunter) passed my desk which I thought would be worth passing on to Mr Walsh, CEO of BA - the man who famously said that “a reasonable person gets nowhere in negotiations”.

“In this ongoing crisis we have to be very careful about what we do to survive and how that changes the way that our remaining workforce feel about they are asked to do. Ride roughshod over the workforce during the recession, because you can, and like BA, you will have a very hard time continuing to trade even when the rest of the world has resumed doing business. Or, take care of your people when they need it most and they will take care of you when you need it most. We can’t have it both ways. What goes around comes around.”

Which, put another way, is what we’ve been saying about the way pensioners have been treated by the management at BA - headed by the Board who, even in this hour of crisis (according to the CEO), retain their Free First Class Travel, starting now and for life.

There are now more BA pensioners than BA staff. All they wanted was what they were promised - paid-for, Sub-load, Economy Class travel in retirement.

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