Thursday, 11 March 2010
What is Unite getting out of the BA strikes?
As this Telegraph article points out, Lord mandelson was more than happy to speak out about the Kraft take-over - subject of a Unite union campaign. Yet there is silence on the BA strikes which threaten that UK owned and based company. Ian Martin as the WSJ blog has been trying to get a comment from Unite's Charlie Wheelan, but the usually locacious spin merchant is oddly silent. He is also now advising Gordon Brown on the election.
At a time of recession the contradictions for Labour could not be worse. In hock to Unite for money and funding and so staying quiet, and therefore encouraging by default, a ludicrous strike that will affect millions of voters.
The Union are way out on a limb with BA ready to break the strike and the expected numbers of particpants at 50%. Perhaps the staff are realising with nearly 3 million on the dole queue in the UK, thiss perhaps not the way forward?