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BA sacks leading union rep in latest attack on cabin crew

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2200

British Airways has escalated its war against cabin crew.

Today BA sacked Duncan Holley, secretary of Bassa, the cabin crew section of the Unite union. He held the position for 12 years.

Duncan has been one of the people leading the struggle against BA boss Willie Walsh’s attacks on workers. BA claims it has sacked him for “gross misconduct”.

In reality it is waging war against the union in an attempt to ram through cuts.

Duncan’s sacking is a deliberate provocation to cabin crew. It is further proof that Walsh is not interesting in resolving the dispute. Instead, he is throwing petrol on the fire.

Unite’s leadership must launch a campaign for Duncan’s reinstatement immediately. His reinstatement should be added to the list of demands that cabin crew are already fighting for in their dispute with BA.

Cabin crew must not stand for the victimising of their union reps. They must intensify their demands for a lengthy, hard-hitting strike that can bring down Willie Walsh.

Rush messages of support for Duncan Holley to [email protected]

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Thu 6 May 2010, 13:07 BST
Issue No. 2200
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