A letter to the Guardian newspaper supporting the BA strikers from a group of over 100 academics hit the headlines last week.
Martin Upchurch, professor of international employment relations at Middlesex university, helped to initiate the letter.
He told Socialist Worker, “Academics flooded to put their names to it. We wanted to underline the significance of this dispute—Willie Walsh is out to break a union and then spread the process further.
“There has not been such a demonisation of strikers since the firefighters at the start of the Iraq war and the disputes in the 1980s.
“We wanted to emphasise that BA is attacking workers’ democratic rights. The letter helped to put the BA strikers’ case to a wider audience.”
The letter states that “Walsh and now prime minister Brown have made the error of underestimating the deep seated and justifiable anger of a loyal and dedicated workforce.”