Well the ash has stopped causing chaos here in the UK for us at Enigin. But there is still talk of it. Still the possibility out there that it will occur again and once again everything will come to a standstill.
Not only that but things are coming to a stand still anyway. After the Volcanic Ash chaos we now face problems with Airlines due to cabin crew walkouts. The news said the other day that some airlines have lost millions in the last few months, due to people not flying. No mention of the problems with their staff.
And then in another item it talked about all the perks cabin crew staff receive, such as free flights, huge discounts for friends and family, large discounts in the duty free shopping. But that just isn’t enough.
Then another article recently asked the question – what is the dispute actually about? I must admit, I had no idea. And having read this news item it really is quite mad:
Originally the debate began because airlines cut the amount of cabin crew on long haul flights, from 14 to 15 and also froze pay for 2 years. There are also other new steps in place for new recruits with them receiving less pay etc, however, really if they are new recruits then that is up to them to apply, they will know that in advance.
The news article also stated that these cabin crew staff are receiving wages of around £29,000, nearly double what some other companies offer. So really why are they walking out and striking?
Well it seems to have spiraled out of control a bit. And it appears as though it has become more of a principle issue then anything else. The reason airlines make these changes in the first place is to save money, some having lost around £500 million in the last year. So steps must be put in place to make cuts.
In a similar situation a business perhaps has suffered due to the recession, is losing money but trying all they can to accommodate their staff. The choice for them is to give up completely and let go all staff, leaving no business. All do whatever they can to at least keep those people employed, so they are not stuck with nothing.
It seems such a difficult situation. For both staff and companies or business. Both have their principles and expectations but more and more these are becoming very different and therefore difficult to find a middle ground. I hope for the companies sake and the staffs that they come to some agreements sooner rather then later, or it could possibly all be for nothing as there will be nothing to fight for.