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.
Around 200 British Airways cabin crew descended on Parliament for a meeting with MPs during their third strike over poverty pay. Shocked MPs called their £12K basic salary and horrendous conditions “a national scandal”, and branded CEO Willie Walsh’s salary of £8.8 million a year “obscene” and “immoral”. The entire shadow cabinet are now backing the crew, with promises to push for a select committee hearing to bring British Airways to account.
“You are the heroes and heroines of our movement”, said Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell as he visited the British Airways mixed fleet cabin crew picket lines, saluting their bravery as they started a 3 day strike against poverty pay of just £12,000 basic a year. UNITE general secretary Len McCluskey also joined the picket lines to promise all the resources from the union they needed to win the dispute, as support starts to flood in from trade unionists and customers alike for the increasingly determined cabin crew. Now they’ve announced 6 days of strike action on February 5 – 7 and 9 – 11; you can show your support by joining them on the picket lines at Hatton Cross tube from 8am, and donating to the hardship fund (Account name: Mixed Fleet Branch, acct no: 20376387, sort code 089301, reference: 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.