Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Five days for change

The five days since Thursday's UK General Election have been taken up with negotiations between the three major political parties and have, or so it would appear this morning, led to a coalition agreement that will permanently alter the political landscape of the country.

Until Voting Day the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats were in totally opposing camps and hurling insults and criticisms at The Enemy.

A lot has changed in five days.

Already a coalition cabinet is being pulled together, and there are heads of agreement on issues as critical and divisive as budget deficit, fixed term parliaments, nuclear weapons and voting reform.

Meanwhile, in the tranquil world of HR .....

Management and Trade Union of British Airways continue to be locked in a long running and bitter dispute over the clearly unfathomable issue of a reduction in cabin crew on long haul flights from 15 to 14 (gasp!), and the introduction of  a two-year pay freeze from 2010 (faint!). Union members at British Airways are planning a fresh round of walkouts, including strike action on key holiday dates.

Four five-day strikes have been planned.

Four five-day strikes? How long did it take to form a coalition government? Hmmm! Perhaps it's time for Management and Trade Unions in dispute-hit organisations to learn a lesson from the politicians and figure out how to work together.

1 comment:

  1. An interesting point. Not that I have a masters in politics or employee relations – but it seems to me that there was one significant factor that brought the warring factions together. Their need for each other far out-weighed the differences between them. A symbiotic relationship has been formed (time will tell whether this turns into a parasitic one).

    Maybe if BA was truly on the brink then love (or mutual co-operation) rather than war would win the day.

    Extreme circumstances bring extraordinary outcomes.