Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

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.






Related links:

British Airways:

triangleStrikes show workers' power

triangleSupport BA cabin crews' strike for fair pay

triangleHeathrow expansion exposes Tory divisions

triangleWorkplace news in brief

triangleQuiz of the year

Occupation:

trianglePalestine/Israel: Everyday life under occupation

triangleShimon Peres - a wolf in sheep's clothing

triangleAfter Chilcot: put Blair in the dock

triangleTV review: Occupied

Socialist:

triangleHackney & Islington Socialist Party: Fight Trump!

triangleBuild the resistance against Trump

triangleSocialist Party national women's meeting

SWP:

triangleNewcastle: Socialist Party defies ban to counter the far-right

triangleLessons of Militant - vital for struggles today

Unite:

triangleSalford Socialist Party: Len McCluskey and the UNITE leadership election

Socialist Workers Party:

triangleNorthern Ireland elections: positive moves against sectarian politics

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

12/1/17

Fracking

Fracking protest in Sherwood Forest

11/1/17

Women

Socialist Party national women's meeting

11/1/17

Swansea

Sick of sham consultations - give us a real fightback

11/1/17

Royal Mail

Sham Royal Mail pensions consultation - action needed

11/1/17

Fighting Fund

2016: A record-breaking fighting fund year!

11/1/17

Trade union

Workplace news in brief

11/1/17

Unison

Unison legal battle looks into allegations 'Team Dave' broke rules during general secretary election

11/1/17

Donald Trump

Build the resistance against Trump

11/1/17

Liverpool

Closing of the children's centres could cost lives

11/1/17

Worcestershire

Worcestershire hospital deaths expose NHS crisis

10/1/17

British Airways

Support BA cabin crews' strike for fair pay

9/1/17

London

Tube strike solid in fight for jobs and safety

4/1/17

Donald Trump

Resist Trump: protest on 20 January

4/1/17

London

Make Harrods give back stolen tips!

22/12/16

Usdaw

Bulletin of Socialist Party members in Usdaw

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle16 Jan Eight billionaires own as much as half humanity!

triangle11 Jan 'Cash for ash' scandal set to bring down Northern Ireland government

triangle11 Jan NHS in meltdown from spending cuts - demonstrate on 4 March!

triangle11 Jan Strikes show workers' power

triangle10 Jan Support BA cabin crews' strike for fair pay

triangle9 Jan Tube strike solid in fight for jobs and safety

triangle5 Jan Support Len McCluskey

More ...

triangle17 Jan Liverpool Socialist Party: Russia before the revolution - 1905-1917

triangle18 Jan Warrington Socialist Party: Where will Britain go in 2017?

triangle18 Jan Selby Socialist Party: Perspectives for a 2017 of turmoil

triangle18 Jan Hackney & Islington Socialist Party: Fight Trump!

More ...

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

Archive

Categories

1-9 

1-9 


Archives:

January 2017

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