Socialist Worker

Union leaders must match militant mood

Issue No. 2182

Walsh has deliberately provoked this dispute. The Unite union has spent months trying to negotiate with him. It even came up with a cost-cutting plan of its own to save BA £140 million.

The fact that Walsh rejected it shows that this dispute is about more than saving money. It is about smashing union organisation so that bosses can bring in new workers on worse pay and conditions.

A Unite press release this week stressed again that, “Cabin crew were always willing to play their part in reducing costs.”

But why should workers pay for BA’s failings?

Union officials at Monday’s meeting declared that they would only enter talks with BA if bosses withdrew the changes imposed on 16 November, and that any decision to stop the strike would only be taken by a mass meeting.

Walsh has gone running to the courts to try to get an injunction to stop the strike. It is outrageous that an unelected boss wants to use the law to overturn a huge democratic vote for action.

Unite officials say that if BA wins an injunction they will ballot members again for strikes.

Union members need to ensure that their officials deliver action that matches the resolve and determination shown by the workers.


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