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Sick attack on BA workers

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2193

British Airways has stooped to new lows in its efforts to intimidate cabin crew.

Around 13,000 workers are set to begin a three-day strike on Saturday in protest at bosses’ plans to slash jobs, cut and freeze pay and impose worse conditions.

BA bosses have responded by ripping up workers’ rights.

One cabin crew worker recently had an accident and had to phone in sick. She was told she would not be paid sick pay—even though sick pay is part of her contract.

“I’ve had back pain, neck pain and headaches since the accident,” she told Socialist Worker. “I don’t want to be worrying about whether I’ll be paid or not when I’m trying to recover.”

This is in line with the treatment BA has dished out to many workers in the run-up to the strike.

Unite believes that BA bosses have passed their personal details, including addresses and phone numbers, to the Daily Mail newspaper, in an attempt to intimidate them, after the newspaper contacted some workers and union reps.

Despite the intimidation, cabin crew are determined to fight. It is the duty of the whole trade union movement to back them.

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Wed 17 Mar 2010, 14:01 GMT
Issue No. 2193
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