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What makes the BA staff strike so special?

What makes the BA staff strike so special?

Our World | On 16, Mar 2010

I may be wrong, but from memory going on strike is one of the quickest ways to lose your job.

From the mid 1970’s onwards we have seen a succession of high profile strikes by workers at British Leyland, British Steel, British Rail, British Coal and in British shipyards – where are they now? Who has benefited? Given this unsuccessful history of strike action, what in 2010 following the biggest recession in our time, do you believe will be achieved?

There must be tens if not hundreds of thousands of people across the country who are working for a company which is losing money and struggling to cope and you don’t see them saying “let’s do some more damage to our own prospects of future employment”.

People may have little sympathy for BA’s dictatorial management style, but whatever BA may have done and however badly they may have behaved, you do not go on strike in a recession and expect anything else but job losses.

It’s 2010, not 1975.

Nigel Cooper