Last week I suggested sparing a thought for British Airways buyers
, who were watching their cabin crew colleagues wilfully waste wine and washbags in protest at not being allowed to go on strike. This on top of being asked to work for nothing
to save the company £140 million.
Now staff relations have taken an odder turn. Chief executive Willie Walsh has told employees with no flying experience that they can volunteer to become cabin crew
in three weeks, so they can cover flights if the Unite strike goes ahead in March.
The union is furious, and considers it an attempt to use “scab labour”. On the other hand, it no doubt makes sound business sense to retrain existing staff to cover skills gaps. And I suppose buyers could take the opportunity to keep a closer eye on their stock…
Is this a cynical ploy by BA management to freak out the union, or a sensible redistribution of resources? Either way, it makes you wonder how much more BA can ask of its employees.