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  1. Just a 'heads up"-as if there hasn't been enough air disruption lately BA cabin crew may take further strike action soon. Lets hope it all gets sorted out before hand.! BA crew to vote on holding more strikes
  2. As PIO members may be aware cabin crew employed by British Airways have announced plans to strike on March 20,21,22,27,28,29 and 30. The strikes may not go ahead but any PIO member booked to travel on those dates should read the following information and contact the airline or travel agent to see if their flight is affected. BA cabin crew strike 2010 - Latest information - British Airways Apologies that the formatting of the tables did not carry over correctly,click the link if it is not clear enough for you.Also feel free to send me a PM or email if you have any questions that you feel I may be able to answer.
  3. LONDON - British Airways may train cleaners and baggage handlers as cabin crew in a bid to thwart a strike threat. A new strike ballot of British Airways cabin crew is to be held next week. Around one million passengers could see their Easter travel plans ruined if the Unite union organises a 12-day strike in April. British Airways boss Willie Walsh, in a letter to all BA workers, called last night for volunteers “to back BA by training to work alongside cabin crew who choose not to support a strike, so we are ready to keep our customers flying as much as we can if this strike goes ahead”. The decision by the Unite union to hold a fresh vote in a week’s time on possible strike action came after more than a week of talks with the airline failed to resolve the dispute over staff levels and working conditions. Industrial action planned for Christmas was blocked after a court granted an injunction, declaring it illegal Unite will ballot its 12,000 members which make up 98% of the airline’s cabin crew. A spokeswoman for the union said Unite had gone as far as it could in the talks to meet the airline’s demands but the ball was now in BA’s court. The BA dispute is incredible to watch from afar. To see the British flag carrier being torn apart by by two dogma driven parties is reminiscent of the 1930s. The union may well consider adding cloth caps to their wardrobes whilst the management organises the lockout. Today's news from JAL should be a salutory reminder.
  4. Hi all Haven't been on the forum for a while - have been in Melbourne for about 4 weeks and are now in our own place with a decent internet connection so can contribute again. Just wanted to say a BIG thank you to the guys who organised the Mornington get together a couple of weeks ago - can't remember everyones name but 'Blowmonkeys are great' I remember because they are!! :biggrin: Really great to meet others and make some new friends. Thanks again all and see you at the next BBQ.
  5. xTINKSx

    Tinks & Crew (part 2)

    Something i forgot to mention that struck me as soon as we walked out of the airport was the hummidity - now unfortunately my hair is naturally poker straight (no GHD's required for me) but OMG within minutes even I had curls angelically framing my face!!! My OH is fortunately blessed with soft curly hair and its shoulder length (he still thinks he's a BMX Bandit at 40 - but thats another story....) Anyway theres me, admiring the scenery, even though its dark but I can imagine, and then I turned round to give him one of my excited smiles and OMG im standing next to Coco The Clown, if it hadnt been the humidity id have sworn he'd had a secret perm mid flight). Part 2 - Roads - having driven from the airport - the roads by the way are pretty much the same as the UK (signs, etc) so no surprises - Although no amber light from red to green - I realised this when I wondered why I was always the last to pull away so took the time to actually watch the lights intently and low and behold - no amber light before go!!!! The Furnished House - Our furnished accommodation (for one week) is located in Kingston (not a very nice area IMO) but its only for a week, its cheap, clean and has a pool and is a good base. The house is absolutely enormous, 5 bedrooms set out over two floors. Both floors have kitchen / living room / dining room facilties but we almost immediately decide to live upstairs rather than use both (less cleaning - plus i can keep tabs on the little one). We get another visitor on our first night - something that tests us and I personally believe was planted - an enormous cockroach, so big I can actually see his spiked boots and mountaineering gear, mounting the stairs. After running frantically away like a little girl (OH is runing behind me btw) we find some bug spray and drown the buggar. Feeling slightly shaken and wishing id popped in duty free at singapore to get a litre of vodka we settle everyone down to bed. JETLAG. Jetlag = Eating buttered crumpets & cornflakes at 3am in the morning. Flaking out on the sofas at 4pm in the afternoon and waking up at 2am with the kids asking can they go in the pool yet. It took us about 5 days to fully recover really. We found we really have to stay awake till at least 8pm but its o so tempting to crash out on the sofas but I warn you - DONT DO IT OR YOUR'LL PAY LATER!! We are now officially morning people - something we never were in the UK and are normally up at about 5am but the suns shining, the birds are squwarking (soooooo loud) so what the hell. My little one adapted surprisingly well too and settled back into a routine within days. Within days of arriving we signed the lease to our long term rental we managed to secure back in the UK - its in Heritage Park - about 10/15 mins from "basecamp". The OH's employer had kindly viewed properties for us while we were still in the UK (some of the agents were willing to accept this) and we had sent over our application along with references etc and had been accepted within days. We then bank transferred over the bond and 2 weeks rent the week before we left the UK and were able to take the keys and sign the lease 3 days after we arrived. The house is everything we dreamed of - its absolutely perfect - lots of space - in a quiet cul-de-sac (just like Neighbours)!!! Talking of neighbours - all really friendly - even lent us screwdrivers etc when putting together IKEA furniture (see part 3) and there were a couple of children the same ages as my boys so they were out playing within minutes. Ending now the for the time being.... part 3 to follow!!!