Fri, Dec 16, 2005
One Fired, Two Others Suspended
As part of ongoing disciplinary actions over a crippling strike
among ground workers at London's Heathrow Airport back in August,
British Airways reported Thursday it has fired one of three
employees the airlines says helped organize the strike.
One employee was dismissed for what the airline termed "gross
misconduct for playing a leading role in the walkout", while
suspending a second without pay for a month and continuing
disciplinary action against the third, according to Forbes. The
third worker is also suspended, but at the moment still receives a
paycheck from the carrier.
The three workers, who were not identified, are shop stewards
for the Transport and General Workers' Union. Tony Woodley, the
union's general secretary, said the union was "surprised and
disappointed with these decisions."
British Airways started
disciplinary action against the three workers on Sept. 21 after
about 1,000 employees stopped work for two days this past summer to
show support for 670 fellow union members at caterer Gate Gourmet.
As was reported on Aero-News,
the work stoppage halted 900 flights, stranded over 100,000
passengers and cost the airline as much as $80 million before
employees returned to work.
The affected employees have the right to appeal any decisions
the airline reaches, according to British Airways.
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