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?