Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/9563

Posted on 22 May 2010 at 15:33 GMT

Mistaken occupation of British Airways talks

Updated 23 May 2010 15:47
British Airways cabin crew on the picket line, photo Paul Mattsson

British Airways cabin crew on the picket line, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

The defeat of Willie Walsh and the brutish British Airways (BA) management is the most important aspect to this dispute.

It is therefore unfortunate that the reported decision of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) members at the end of the Right to Work Conference to invade talks between British Airways management and Unite has partially obscured this issue.

This occupation was completely mistaken.

Whatever the nature of the deal being negotiated it is not for a group like the SWP to decide to break up talks.

Cabin crew

A decision to accept or reject a deal is solely the property of cabin crew and their democratically elected representatives.

In an industrial dispute the final decision on tactics to confront the employer must always rest with the strikers themselves.

Socialists can assist by sharing experiences and ideas in past disputes and building support and solidarity for the strike among the general public.

This has always been the method of the Socialist Party. We will offer our opinion on the course of a dispute to workers but we believe that any initiative taken in support of a dispute should be taken in consultation with the workers themselves.

Key task

A key task for socialists and trade union activists is to raise the confidence of workers to fight not to substitute themselves for workers in struggle.

This will mistakenly create the impression that a special minority of activists will do the fighting leaving workers as bystanders.

The Socialist Party stands for the maximum control of workers over their dispute.

It is the view of the Socialist Party that the actions of the SWP on Saturday was not in the best interests of striking cabin crew workers.

Such tactics will prove to be counter-productive. It is the mass action of cabin crew through their union that is the key to defeating Walsh, not the actions of a self appointed minority.

Despite this we are totally opposed to any victimisation of those who mistakenly took part in this protest.

The priority for all workers in the trade union movement now is to support the cabin crew workers against Walsh and BA management.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.

Facebook   Twitter








Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter



Related links:

British Airways:

triangleQuiz of the year

triangleThem & Us

triangleThem & Us

triangleBA dispute: Mass meeting votes to put latest agreement to membership

triangleBritish Airways cabin crew balloting on latest offer

Occupation:

triangleBombing Syria won't stop Isis

triangleLambeth library workers' wildcat strike

triangleWorkplace news in brief

triangleIsraeli government fans the flames of conflict

Socialist:

triangleYork Socialist Party: The EU debate

triangleYork Socialist Party: Who was Leon Trotsky?

triangleYork Socialist Party: The political developments in the USA

Unite:

triangleWorkplace news in brief

Socialist Workers Party:

triangleConclusion

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

11/2/16

Doctors

Doctors fight contract imposition - updated leaflet

11/2/16

South Wales

Public meetings show readiness of workers to fight back

10/2/16

Doctors

Doctors' strike 10th February - photos and reports

10/2/16

Solidarity

Demo in solidarity with Kurdish people: 6th March

10/2/16

Union

Workplace news in brief

10/2/16

Pay

Continued action in crane drivers' pay dispute

10/2/16

Tesco

Cuts to premiums mean no 'rise' in store for Tesco workers

10/2/16

Leicester

Leicester taxi dispute: Labour's rank hypocrisy

10/2/16

Academies

Big victory at Small Heath School against academy attack

10/2/16

Leeds

Leeds meeting expresses Corbyn and McDonnell's contradictions

10/2/16

Portsmouth

Portsmouth: support for anti-austerity stand

10/2/16

South London

South London: Library workers strike to save services

10/2/16

Redditch

NHS campaign gains support

10/2/16

Yorkshire

Anger against plans to close Bradford libraries

10/2/16

Torbay

Torbay: "A tale of two towns"

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...

triangle11 Feb Public meetings show readiness of workers to fight back

triangle10 Feb Lack of strategy - and exclusions - threaten Momentum

triangle10 Feb Doctors' strike 10th February - photos and reports

triangle10 Feb No-cuts strategy needed to save 25,000 council jobs

triangle10 Feb South London: Library workers strike to save services

triangle10 Feb Cameron's EU renegotiation charade

triangle9 Feb Labour right wing blocks call to debate budget cuts

More ...

triangle13 Feb Socialist Students conference

triangle13 Feb Barking & Dagenham Socialist Party: The Matchgirls' strike and the birth of general trade unions

triangle15 Feb Leeds Socialist Party: Sanders, Trump, and the US elections

triangle16 Feb Plymouth Socialist Party: Democratic Centralism

More ...

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Find us on Facebook

Archive

Categories

1-9 

1-9 


Archives:

February 2016

January 2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice