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British Airways

Issue No. 1772

SOME 450 British Airways workers at Heathrow attended a GMB union meeting last week to discuss the management's attacks on their pay. The company wants to cut the pay of 36,000 workers, including flight crew, cabin crew, engineers, administrative staff and ground staff. The attack amounts to a 4 percent pay cut, and the equivalent of 7,000 job losses at the company.

One worker at the meeting said, 'The most important contingent came from Ruislip, where the finance workers are at the bottom of the scale. They have been kicked about over the past few years. Most of them are Asian women workers, and they filled nearly three coaches to get to the meeting.'

There were also mass meetings held amongst the check-in staff. The pilots and engineers have already rejected the cuts package. But there isn't a joint strategy from the workers' unions, the TGWU and GMB, to unite the workforce and stop the pay cuts.

Every section of airport workers needs to demand the unions lead a determined fight over pay.

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Sat 27 Oct 2001, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1772
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