19 JULY 2010
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WILLIE WALSH’S unpopularity with certain members of his workforce was for all to see last Wednesday (14 July) at the airline’s AGM, in theory at any rate, the last in its current form. The BA Chief Executive endured a volley of attacks by shareholders, many of them employees, at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster, over the strikes that have cost the loss making airline up to £150m since March. The former Aer Lingus boss, with a reputation as a hard man, said that he made no apologies for telling staff things they may not wish to hear, prompting a flight attendant to retort: “I’m not a child Mr Walsh.” Mr Walsh can stand firm whilst he has the backing of the institutional investors and the city. Shareholders will be able to vote on the merger with Iberia later in the year. The results of the latest strike ballot are due tomorrow (Tuesday 20 July). www.ba.com
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