John McDonnell pledged full support from the Labour party to striking mixed fleet cabin crew, as a number of Labour MPs joined them in front of Parliament to demand a decent living wage from British Airways. Dennis Skinner in particular was given a big cheer by the striking crew when he called airports “the mines of the future” in terms of militancy and solidarity in the trade union movement. Please donate to the hardship fund (details at the end of the video) to help this epic strike land a significant blow against corporate greed.
After rejecting the latest pay deal from British Airways, British Airways mixed fleet cabin crew are taking 16 consecutive days of strike action – with another two weeks following on quickly, making a total of 30 strike days in 32 days. More and more crew are joining the union, UNITE, to come out on strike in disgust at a deal which would have imposed sanctions on staff who’d taken strike action previously – withdrawal of staff travel discounts and, most importantly, withdrawal of bonuses which may well take the staff below a living wage. This is blacklisting – an illegal activity. And now, BA are “wetleasing” planes and crew from Qatar Airways to cover the planes grounded by the rapidly strengthening strike – a company and a country with an appalling record on workers rights and human rights. Compare that disgusting behaviour with the pride shown by striking cabin crew at the Durham Miners’ Gala and London Pride in this film.
Fed up with the lack of coverage of their strike by the mainstream media, striking BA Mixed Fleet cabin crew protest at the BBC and ITV studios – finishing off at ACAS, where BA managment have been notcieably absent.
Mixed fleet cabin crew at British Airways are having to use money donated to their hardship fund to open a food bank, as their battle against poverty pay escalates to 8 days strike in 9 days. BA are offering a paltry 2% pay rise on their basic salary of £12,000 a year – and are so incompetent they can’t even agree amongst themselves whether they’re willing to negotiate or not. The crew’s determination to win a living wage can win them a famous victory, but they need your help to carry on. Please donate to their hardship fund: account name – Mixed Fleet Branch, account no 20376387, sort code 608301, ref MFU.
British Airways mixed fleet cabin crew have taken the very brave step of 2 days of strike action against a management who have deliberately created a climate of fear, who are using bullying tactics to try to break the strike – and who are making huge profits while they keep their workers in poverty. But the confidence and resolve of the crew is growing after a very successful start to a major dispute for a living wage. Next strikes on Jan 19, 21 and 22 – come and support them on the picket lines at Hatton Cross tube and near Terminal 5.
BA cabin crew have voted to strike against poverty pay. While British Airways CEO Willie Walsh earns £8.8 MILLION a year and BA have record profits of £1.4 BILLION, mixed fleet crew (who work both long and short haul flights) are expected to live on just £1,000 a month. 79.5% of the crew voted yes to strike action.