Costa Almeria Living: More Strikes

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I was talking to a friend recently who sub contracts to a company that sub contracts to El Sur, one of the companies at the centre of the alleged El Ejido corruption case. I am sure you will appreciate that I will not be divulging any details of said friend!

 

I was talking to a friend recently who sub contracts to a company that sub contracts to El Sur, one of the companies at the centre of the alleged El Ejido corruption case. I am sure you will appreciate that I will not be divulging any details of said friend!

 

They are considering yet more strike action, along with other departments that work for the Town Hall because once again they have not been paid. It seems that the Town Hall did pay all the arrears some time ago, but in recent months have been omitting one group or another. A little like the game we played as children, you know, the music stops, you all grab a chair, the one left standing up is omitted, only this time it isn’t about children having fun, it is about fathers and mothers trying to provide for their families, and it isn’t the music that is stopping it is the amount of cash in the Town Hall bank accounts. They claim that the money has run out, but they have said that before and then paid the arrears.

It is a mess, and I wouldn’t claim to understand it fully, but I do know that for these people to even consider strike action means it is serious, and to take strike action with the resultant loss of pay is a huge sign of discontent at the very least.

Does anyone really understand the BA strike? I see the last one effected the London to Madrid route with BA cancelling 10 flights so of course Iberia added an extra flight and increased the size of the planes used on the Heathrow route to accommodate more passengers. It seems to me that the strike has now degenerated into a school ground style “my dad is bigger than your dad” slagging match. The one that made me laugh the most was the recent argument over the use of the £120,000 a year pilots to cover for the £15,000 a year cabin crew. Made me think that maybe that is the answer. I mean with all the technology in place now at best the pilots are required for landing and take off, so why not dispense with the cabin crew all together, install self serve machines in the kitchen areas and have the pilots wander up and down during the flight checking all is OK, after all back in the “good old days” the pilot often used to take a stroll up and down the plane.

If you are reading this over at Ryanair Mr Michael O’Leary I thought of this first!

On the subject of the BA strikes I thought I would share this “Status Update” which was doing the rounds on Facebook recently:

If you work for British Airways and have been on strike this week, next time you see a soldier who’s returned from Afghanistan make sure you tell him/her about your awful working conditions, poor uniform and low pay!! Let me know how you get on…..

I will leave the last word to my father. When I was last in the UK he told me that the daughter of one of his friends was telling him that her husband who is a pilot for BA had previously been offered early retirement but declined the offer. Now with the threat to their pensions she was asking my father if he thought the Government would bail them out. His response…  he said he certainly hoped not as he hadn’t paid taxes all his life so they could fly first class for £10!!

By Chris Marshall

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