“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.
The Durham lions become the Durham lumiere to say Happy Xmas! The fight goes on though – although they forced the council into a massive climbdown with offers of talks and the suspension of the sacking and reengagement on new contracts, the council are still not offering anything concrete. If the negotiations don’t guarantee the preservation of current pay and conditions, the lions will roar again – at a moment’s notice.