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British Airways ground staff should reject their deal and unite with cabin crew

Issue No. 2214

Leaders of the GMB and Unite unions are recommending that 3,000 British Airways ground crew workers accept a job and pay cutting deal—in the middle of the crucial battle by cabin crew.

It threatens to be another missed opportunity to defeat union-busting BA boss Willie Walsh.

And the news comes on the day that the result is expected of a strike ballot by thousands of British Airports Authority (BAA) workers—another group that could be uniting against Walsh.

The ground staff deal means 500 job losses and a one year pay freeze. Workers will vote on it starting on 16 August with the ballot closing on 13 September.

Instead of accepting a bad deal, workers should demand that they come out alongside the cabin crew. Together they can beat Walsh.

For further coverage go to Time to put Walsh on the back foot at BA Coverage of the BAA result on this website as soon as it is announced.

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Thu 12 Aug 2010, 10:53 BST
Issue No. 2214
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