MEDIA: What the Papers say; Pilots bring BA management down to earth

Heroes of the air, or glorified bus drivers? British Airways management was very careful not to say anything that could be interpreted as ‘union bashing’ about BALPA’s decision to ground Britain’s ‘favourite’ airline from 16 July. They took issue on a technicality that their improved offer had not been put to the pilots since their decision to strike.

Heroes of the air, or glorified bus drivers? British Airways management

was very careful not to say anything that could be interpreted as ‘union

bashing’ about BALPA’s decision to ground Britain’s ‘favourite’ airline

from 16 July. They took issue on a technicality that their improved

offer had not been put to the pilots since their decision to strike.



The union’s grievances started with pay and conditions, but later

included lower pay differentials for ex-Danair pilots, inferior pension

arrangements and removing bunk beds used for ‘in-flight kips’

(Independent on Sunday, 7 July).



Chris Darke of BALPA, described in the Daily Mail as a ‘time warp union

professional’ urged passengers to use other airlines as ‘our argument is

with BA managment, not passengers’ (Sunday Telegraph). But with pilots

being portrayed as ‘middle-class and overpaid’, passenger sympathy will

be hard to win. BA played its cards carefully, but customers who go

elsewhere may not return.



Evaluation and analysis by Carma International. Cuttings supplied by

Standard Press Analysts. ‘What The Papers Say’ can also be found at:

http//www.carma.com/carma



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