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.
Here we go again – another company who thinks it can completely ignore national construction agreements and refuse to let unions on site. This time it’s Danish company BWSC, who are building a biomass plant in Kent. UNITE and GMB are working together to ensure ALL workers – whether Brtisih or European – get a fair deal.
Council workers who repair and maintain Gravesham’s social housing are up in arms over the council’s plans to switch them to seven day working and scrap their productivity bonus. The plans will mean paycuts of between 2k and 10k a year, and if they don’t accept the changes, they’ll be sacked and re-engaged on the new contracts. UNITE say protests will continue if these plans aren’t withdrawn.
Around 4,000 crown post office workers, admin staff and supply chain staff in the CWU take strike action with UNITE managerial staff for the first time ever to fight the threat of privatisation, and to put forward the idea of a “people’s bank” as a positive future for Britain’s post offices. This will be a major battle – and CWU general secretary Dave Ward says he “will not discourage” members of the public from occupying post offices to save them from closure. More strikes and actions to follow.
Official video for the new campaign single for the Blacklist Support Group. Multinational building contractors have for decades compiled a secret database of union members in the UK construction industry.
Union members were denied work over many years because they had been stewards or safety reps on previous building projects. Contractors recently had to pay out over £50 million in compensation to workers on the blacklist after a sustained campaign involving direct action, strikes and demos – but they are still being denied work. The campaign will continue until those workers are back where they belong – organising on building sites. More information: www.hazards.org/blacklistblog, or on Facebook: Blacklist Support Group