BOB AYLING was sacked as boss of British Airways last week. But BA workers will still suffer from the legacy of this high profile Blair supporter. Ayling is to receive a �2 million payoff, despite the company expecting new losses of up to �200 million.
Meanwhile BA workers face another 6,000 job losses. Ayling was a Blair favourite. He hosted the BA champagne party at the last Labour conference. He shared his fiftieth birthday party with close friend Jack Straw. In 1997 Ayling led the attack on British Airways Cabin Crew staff, forcing them out on strike to defend their wages and conditions at a time when the company was "awash" with profits.
He threatened to sack every striker, lock them out, and sue them. The workers refused to be cowed by this bullying. The dispute was described as "BA's most expensive mistake of the decade". Ayling was then appointed to chair the New Millennium Experience Company that runs the Dome.