Socialist Worker

British Airways strike: Update Saturday 27 March

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2194

Daniel Coutelier, chair of the European Transport Federation cabin crew committee, joins the strikers

Daniel Coutelier, chair of the European Transport Federation cabin crew committee, joins the strikers


The enthusiasm on the BA picket lines was as strong as ever on Saturday morning.

Strikers are determined to beat BA boss Wille Walsh’s union-busting and to defend their terms and conditions—as well as to ensure safety and a good service.

As the day went on the chants of “Willie, Willie, Willie, Out, Out Out” were added to by “Scabin’ crew, shame on you!”

Strikers were delighted to receive visitors from Iberia cabin crew in Spain. They had come to show their solidarity and to emphasise the importance of the dispute to Iberia workers—a merger with BA is due to take place later this year.

Daniel Coutelier, chair of the European Transport Federation cabin crew committee, said, “We have come from Madrid to show our support. From the Spanish workers’ point of view, Willie Walsh will soon be pur boss. We can’t tolerate his behaviour.

'He wants to break the union. The attack at BA is a laboratory experiment. If Walsh succeeds here it will spread everywhere.”

Delegations of trade unionists marched to join the pickets on Saturday morning. They brought banners from the TSSA transport workers (national banner), PCS civil service workers London and South East Region, RMT rail union European Passenger services (Eurostar), Brent trades council Haringey trades council, Watford trades council, City and Islington College UCU lecturers’ union, and the Right to Work Campaign

Collections and donations handed in included:

  • RMT rail union European Passenger services £500
  • Unite Harrow and Edgware Sovereign bus workers £200
  • Tower Hamlets College UCU £150
  • City and Islington College UCU £100
  • Unite Cambridge University Press £80
  • Barnet trades council £70
  • Unite aerospace sector committee £50

There were also gatherings of BA workers, their families and other trade unionists in support of the strike in Glasgow and Manchester.

Trade unionists marching to join the picket on Saturday (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Trade unionists marching to join the picket on Saturday (Pic: Socialist Worker)



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