There are 3 ways out of this strike situation:-
- BA grind Unite down to the point where their members are getting broke from it, quit striking and don't try it again.
- Unite and the staff keep fighting on. More and more passengers stop flying BA, the money gets tougher, the union get more entrenched and they end up in a situation where the airline goes out of business.
- BA give into Unite. The staff get what they want, it costs the airline a lot more money, they have to raise their prices, profits suffer, the management get fired and replaced with a tougher management and it all starts again.
None of these options are in the interest of BA staff in Unite. In every case, they either lose now, or lose soon.
The thing is, I can't see much that's in the interest of Unite either. If BA collapsed after a strike, it would be completely asset stripped. No-one is going to want to hire a 50 year old air hostess on BA pay with a trade union attitude. So, Unite would be shut out as a union.
So... why? And the only answer I can come up with is that being a trade unionist often leads to success in the Labour Party, and so getting people out on strike shows some leadership. It's a favoured action by the left. Either that, or they're just plain stupid.