Reports and Campaigns

spotAbout the Socialist Party

spotAnti-capitalism

spotAnti-privatisation

spotAnti-war

spotElection campaigns

spotEnvironment

spotHealth

spotSocialist women

spotWorkplace

spotYouth and Students

All keywords


Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

New workers party keywords:

Campaign for a New Workers Party (27)

CNWP (92)

National Shop Stewards Network (355)

New mass workers party (2)

New workers parrty (6)


Reports and campaigns:

Anti-capitalism (1229)

Anti-fascist (560)

Anti-racism (697)

Anti-war (1484)

Asylum (208)

Black and Asian (388)

Children (365)

CNWP (108)

Corporate crime (2)

Disability (200)

Education (3861)

Election campaigns (2429)

Environment (598)

EU (444)

Finance (99)

Food (268)

Health and safety (33)

Health and welfare (306)

Housing (1014)

Human Rights (373)

LGBT Pride (140)

Local government (2156)

Local services (3629)

Low pay (502)

Migration (55)

Nationalisation (144)

New workers party (465)

NHS (1820)

Pensions (699)

Post Office (222)

Poverty (564)

Privatisation (1005)

Public Services (1119)

Socialism (855)

Socialist (43)

Sport (194)

Stop the slaughter of Tamils (88)

Students (1796)

The state (1353)

Transport (535)

TUSC (997)

Welfare rights (706)

Women (747)

Workplace and TU campaigns (8194)

Youth (1939)

Related websites

Youth Fight For Jobs

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

National Shop Stewards Network

Tamil Solidarity


Highlight keywords  |Print this articlePrint this article
From: The Socialist issue 933, 25 January 2017: Organise to beat Trumpism, austerity and capitalism

Search site for keywords: British Airways - Strike - Protest - Pay - Workers - Unite - Socialist - National Shop Stewards Network

Incensed BA cabin crew strike, protest and rally over pay

BA strikers protest outside M&S on Oxford Street, 21 January photo Neil Cafferky

BA strikers protest outside M&S on Oxford Street, 21 January photo Neil Cafferky   (Click to enlarge)

Chris Newby, London Socialist Party

Despite freezing temperatures, striking British Airways (BA) mixed fleet cabin crew were out in big numbers at the start of their second set of strike days on 19 January. Rallying at Bedfont football club near Heathrow Aiport, striking cabin crew (members of Unite the Union) heard local MP and shadow chancellor John McDonnell pledge his support.

Both John and London Unite secretary Peter Kavanagh made the point that the workers are just demanding a wage that they can live on, which British Airways can more than afford given that its parent company IAG is set to make over 2 billion in profits this year.

The strikers then moved out to set up three protest lines around Heathrow. There is clearly a lot of support for the cabin crew with plenty of drivers tooting their solidarity including local police.

The determination of the strikers was highlighted by workers who had come straight off flights, some who had been working for over 12 hours, to join the strike.

These workers are incensed that they are being offered a pittance of a pay increase when their low wages mean that many have to commute long distances to work because they can't afford to live nearby. Because of this some cabin crew, when they have less than 24 hours between flights, have to pay for a hotel room out of their own money because it takes too long to go home.

Over 100 cabin crew then rallied at Hatton Cross station to hear Unite general secretary Len McCluskey pledge the full support of the national union to striking cabin crew. The Socialist Party also pledges it's full support.

The strikers held lobbies of Marks & Spencer stores on Oxford Street on 21 January and held a rally beforehand which Socialist Party member and National Shop Stewards Network chair Rob Williams spoke at following an invitation from workers.






Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Related links:

British Airways:

triangleTravel chaos for Ryanair customers as airline cancels thousands of flights

triangleBA poverty pay dispute enters new phase of action

triangleBarts strike: Keep up the pressure on Serco and the trust!

triangleThree London strikes coordinate demos

triangleBank of England fair pay strike

Strike:

triangleArriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangleRoyal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangleUnite local government sector plans strike ballot

triangleStriking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni

Protest:

triangleSocialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

triangleUprising to save the NHS!

Pay:

triangleNorth London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

triangleWhat we saw

Workers:

trianglePowerful picture of the Port Talbot steel workers' struggle

Unite:

triangleWorkplace news in brief

Socialist:

triangleConference on state spies: who's watching who?

National Shop Stewards Network:

triangleBirmingham: NSSN Solidarity Forum