Right or wrong, justified or unjustified, the tactic is objectively a loser for them. Even the labor-friendly Guardian admits that the airline's bosses have "succeeded in rousing near-universal support among the public, politicians and the media." So naturally the Unite union has just announced that a third round of strikes is "inevitable." Because why wouldn't they?
Now, it's Spirit Airlines' turn: Back on our side of the pond, Spirit's pilots have just declined arbitration over their new contract. That sets the stage for a 30-day cooling off period, at the end of which they get the right to strike. This controversy has stayed mostly under the radarcertainly Spirit's ongoing efforts to become the Ryanair of North America have gotten more attentionbut apparently negotiations have been going on for three full years.
If the airline and the union couldn't strike a bargain when times were a little bit better for the industry, it's hard to see what they're hoping to accomplish now. Although maybe Spirit could divert some of those revenues they've been bragging aboutthe result of stunts like tearing out their reclining seats and declaring them all "pre-reclined"into avoiding a walkout.
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· Third wave of BA crew strikes "inevitable" - union [International Business Tribune]
· Spirit Airlines pilots closer to strike [Biz Journals]
· Airline News [Jaunted]
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