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CITY VIEWS: ARE BRITISH AIRWAYS’ STAFF RIGHT TO STRIKE?

BOB AYERS | BULLIVANT & PARTNERS
“The timing to strike over the Christmas period could not be more cruel. I really can’t understand why the staff have decided to strike bearing in mind BA’s dismal performance. It will damage the company, no doubt, and striking staff are unlikely to achieve much.”

STUART PHILLIMORE | ROYAL BANK OF CANADA“BA staff should not strike because everyone will be trying to get away for the winter. Travelling is already a pain in the neck and the walk out will not add much sympathy to their cause.

You would think they would be happy to have jobs.”

ANTONY VAN DER BOSCH | KUWAIT INVESTMENT GROUP
“I’m torn over their right to strike and what it will do to the airline. It will damage both the company and the union’s reputation. It’s not like the fire fighter strike, BA staff get to travel the world and stay in lavish hotels. The strikers have a fairly tarnished image.”

CHRISTOPHER JOHNSTON | LLOYDS TSB
“The move will hurt BA’s reputation and future bookings, but I can understand why staff are striking. The way Willie Walsh manages the airline, he comes across as too much of a brute, but in the current economic climate BA staff have it easier than other airline staff.”