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Right to Work conference shows opposition to BA boss Willie Walsh

Issue No. 2202

More than 600 trade unionists and other activists attended an emergency Right to Work conference in central London today. After an opening rally it divided into workshops which debated how to fight the cuts and attacks on workers' conditions.

One of the highlights of the day came when a striking British Airways (BA) cabin crew worker addressed the rally. He received a standing ovation, after explaining how the BA's cuts affected staff and how their situation was misrepresented in the media. He pointed out that his basic salary was only £12,000.

Once the conference's business was over some 200 SWP members and supporters marched to Euston Towers, where Willie Walsh was in a meeting at the Acas conciliation service.

The door was open and protesters rode up to the 23rd floor. They came across Walsh talking on his mobile outside the talks and chanted at him, 'Willie Walsh, who are you? We support the cabin crew!'

The demonstrators then left the building and held a rally outside demanding that activists build solidarity for the BA workers and hold collections to support the strikes.

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