British Airways and its pilots have been urged by Number 10 to “sort out” the dispute which will see pilots walk out next week in a row over pay, with a spokesman saying, ‘the public would expect nothing less.’
A government spokesman said, ‘They’ve had enough time now and they need to stop fannying about and just get on with fixing the problem. People are relying on them to find a solution, and they need to do it pretty damn quick. I mean, what would it be like if the government conducted their business like this? Chaos. That’s what. The pound would fall, business would struggle, we’d have shortages of food and medicine, and the prime minister would look like a complete moron. We’d be an absolute laughing stock.’
With many flights set to be cancelled on Monday and Tuesday, Number 10 said “Nobody should have their travel plans disrupted or their holidays ruined.”
Adding that it would be “an absolute travesty” if “people’s right to fly to another country were taken away from them just so a few people could line their own pockets.”
The two-day strike, set for next week, follows failed negotiations between the union and the airline over a pay offer of 11.5% over three years.
And Downing Street have urged both sides, “if they really can’t resolve things over the weekend” to “at least consider an extension to allow for discussions to take place without making life unnecessarily difficult for those people who have no say in the matter but will be most affected.”
The union said it would call off the strike if BA are prepared to discuss a new proposal outlined in a letter on Thursday, and BA have responded by saying they’re open to “constructive talks.”
But BA pilot Dave from Bridgend told us, “I don’t care what the outcome of the talks are. I don’t care if they resolve the issue and agree to pay up. I voted to strike, I’m going on strike and when I get docked a couple of days pay or lose my job I’ll be pleased. Because I say if you’re gonna live in the epicentre of a shitstorm, then at least live in a shitstorm that you brought upon yourself.”