'LOOK AT us. I feel like I am homeless. We look so poor sitting here in all the cold weather.' They are the bitter words of one of the Sky Chefs workers at Heathrow airport who have been on the picket line for nearly a year after being sacked for taking a legal one day strike.
Solidarity action from other TGWU members across Heathrow could win the workers their jobs back, but Bill Morris and TGWU officials will not call it for fear of the anti-union laws. 'There are 40,000 workers across the airport, yet we're here struggling,' says the worker. I ask the union questions but they don't tell you anything. I'm not at all happy with them. I don't like to say it, but it's true.' Women on the picket line agree. 'We come here every day,' says one. 'It is hard. But we are still fighting on and not giving up.'
Trade unionists need to rush collections and messages of support to the workers to mark the anniversary of the strike. A one day solidarity conference has also been organised by the TGWU to mark the anniversary.
Solidarity Conference, Saturday 20 November, 10.30am-2.30pm, Hammersmith Town Hall, King Street, London W6. Organised by TGWU South East and East Anglia.