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virgin atlantic strikes ruining kids holidays

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bonnie321 Wed 06-Jul-11 18:22:39

Anyone else annoyed about the potential virgin Atlantic strikes? I know they want to make a point but why ruin kids holidays. Children are the least likely to understand, the most likely to be upset and due to school are the most difficult to rearrange a holiday for. I understand the dates might be announced soon. We all have issues with the current economic and job situation, but why take it out on the kids? Don't they have a heart? I explained to my 8 yr old that we might not be able to go to Disney as planned. He was very upset.

GypsyMoth Wed 06-Jul-11 18:59:48

It's not just affecting 'kids' tho. What about the hard working adults who have saved hard?

mycatoscar Wed 06-Jul-11 19:02:29

it would affect me too as a teacher

but, they have every right to go on strike

mycatoscar Wed 06-Jul-11 19:03:52

when I say me too, I mean because of when I have to take my holidays. it will affect many people, which is probably why it's been scheduled for then.

bonnie321 Wed 06-Jul-11 19:41:59

Right to go on strike or not I think its appalling. As a customer I can't cancel our holiday without losing our money, we are being held over a barrel and used as pawns in their battle. Ultimately its their customers who pay their wages, and who will suffer and virgin Atlantic and BALPA would do well to remember that.

BoysAreLikeDogs Wed 06-Jul-11 19:43:19


Hulababy Wed 06-Jul-11 19:47:59

I'm very pleased that I am not travelling with them this year. We often do.

My sister is off to the US in about 3 weeks with VA and has all her fingers and toes crossed that her flight isn't affected. It's all their wedding vouchers for their delayed honeymoon.

PonceyMcPonce Wed 06-Jul-11 19:49:50

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

bonnie321 Wed 06-Jul-11 19:52:16

I hope their flight isn't affected. We are supposed to be going for our 15th wedding anniversary.

LynetteScavo Wed 06-Jul-11 19:54:17

Workers who are disgruntled strike when it will hurt companies the most.

I'm tired and grumpy, and don't have much sympathy for an 8 year old whos stateside trip to Disney will be delayed.

bonnie321 Wed 06-Jul-11 19:54:40

And we pay a premium for going in the summer holidays. Some ' rockstar service' this is....

bonnie321 Wed 06-Jul-11 19:56:29

No sympathy for kids and your on mumsnet!! ...

Hulababy Wed 06-Jul-11 20:02:20

LynetteScavo - bit mean there I feel. Not the poor child's fault they may potentially miss out on a long awaited and eager anticipated holiday away is it? No empathy at all there?

LynetteScavo Wed 06-Jul-11 20:02:21

I have sympathy for some kids. Kids who won't get to the beach this year, or next. Kids who's parents have no effing idea how they are going to find the £10 for the school trip.

I may have sympathy for your DC, OP about many things, but not that his Disney trip will be delayed.

Hulababy Wed 06-Jul-11 20:05:21

LS - did you really just come on the thread to be unpleasant about a child missing their holiday?

OK, in the grand scheme of things it's not a major disaster, but it'll still hurt and cause upset.

Mind, I started a thread a while back regarding these strikes and it got about 5 responses. St the same time there were 3 or 4 different threads, hundreds of posts long, regarding the teacher's strikes - people aren't bothered that these pilots are striking simply as it might not affect them. It's nothing to do with the right to strike or not, or even the issues behind why they are striking - just about if it inconveniences them imo.

LynetteScavo Wed 06-Jul-11 20:12:00

As I said, I'm tired and grumpy and have seen children today dealing with a lot worse today than a delayed holiday.

And yes, I support the strike. Unless people are inconvenienced by the strikes, they would be pointless. - which I why I came on to this thread.

Maybe I should have left it at "meh".

MissM Wed 06-Jul-11 20:25:59

We've saved for three years for a holiday with my closest friend this summer. She lives in LA so we're meeting half way on the east coast of the US. This isn't just about 'some kid missing a holiday', it's about me and my family missing out on something we've saved and planned for for a long time, and not seeing my closest friend who I see probably every 5 years or so.

So yes, I am pissed off mightily.

MissM Wed 06-Jul-11 20:26:24

Oh, and I deliberately booked with VA because I wanted to avoid any potential BA strikes!

TheSecondComing Wed 06-Jul-11 20:34:59

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

TheFalcon Wed 06-Jul-11 22:52:54

It always annoys me when people bang on about paying a "premium" for going on holiday in the 6 weeks. That's the normal price. People who go out of season get a discount.

MissM Thu 07-Jul-11 07:54:03

I support anyone who strikes if they have a legitimate grievance and reason, but I'm still allowed to be pissed off that it could seriously disrupt my holiday plans!

I didn't realise there was a 'normal' price for flights Falcon. I thought the airlines set their own price according to demand. So there aren't particularly discounts or premiums.

cookcleanerchaufferetc Thu 07-Jul-11 08:03:55

LS - you are very selfish and being tired and grumpy is no excuse.

mummytime Thu 07-Jul-11 08:37:08

I'm selfish and grumpy too.
Sorry you holidays are inconvenienced. But there is a fundamental right to strike, its not a "crucial" industry like the fire fighters or nurses, so I have no problems.

But then maybe its because I'm not flying Virgin.
There are still other airlines flying, can you get your money back and re-arrange?

I would be more upset for kids who get no holiday, than ones who will miss an exotic one. I would also be more upset if it meant one of my kids was stranded without me, but ash clouds can do that too.

bemybebe Thu 07-Jul-11 09:15:47

I have lost all the sympathy for BA staff during their inconsiderate strikes. I did not have any holidays disrupted because I was booking the flights with VA or others as appropriate. If VA starts striking a-la BA I will be driving to Tuscany every summer. Is this what they want to achieve?

cookcleanerchaufferetc Thu 07-Jul-11 10:50:28

Surely there are two issues here: 1 - do you agree that the pilots are right to strike and 2 - is it fair that people could miss out on their holidays?

IMO it seems like the pilots have reason to strike but it is unfair that people will miss out on their holidays. Nothing has yet been confirmed so we will have to wait and see how Virgin responds.

However, it seems like one or two people have the view that if you can afford to go on "exoctic" holidays then tough luck if you cant go due to the strike. Jeez, nasty people!

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