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How can the BA workers win?

Issue No. 2194

Willie Walsh’s attack on cabin crew is part of a bigger assault on all BA workers.

Janine, one of the strikers, says, “He’s chosen us first because we’re the biggest group of workers, then he’ll take on the rest. There won’t be any unions left if he carries on.”

The strike starting on Saturday must go ahead. But the unions should also push for unofficial action across BA’s workforce.

If other workers walk out it would shut the airports. Unofficial action can win.

Workers at Lindsey Oil Refinery saved jobs by walking out unofficially. Sacked workers at Visteon plants occupied their factories and won redundancy pay-outs.

Unite has to stop offering up workers’ conditions and pay as a sacrifice. Every time it does this, bosses demand more cuts.

And the union should not accept any deal that leaves union reps suspended and facing disciplinary action.

Unite must demand that Walsh lift imposed cuts and refuse any deal including cuts.

BA workers are not fighting alone, and solidarity action can drive the bosses back.

Aviation workers across Europe are set to strike next weekend. Air France cabin crew are due to walk out for three days this Sunday and Portuguese pilots are set to strike from this Friday.

Walsh has brought the fight to workers. Now workers must pile pressure on Unite to use its weight to win it.

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