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Resilient mood at BA strikers' family fun days

Issue No. 2204

Near Heathrow airport, down a leafy lane, is the Bedfont football ground—the BA strikers’ base of operations.

Here, hundreds of workers gather every day, to support each other and wait for their turn to go to the picket line.

Last Sunday and Monday, Bedfont was transformed into a “family fun day”.

Strikers brought their partners, their children and even their dogs.

There was a bouncy castle, a huge inflatable slide, ice cream and pony rides as families picnicked in the sun.

But behind the calm was a mood of resilience.

“It’s hard,” said James, whose partner is a cabin crew striker.

“We’ve got bills to pay like everyone else.

“But we wanted to come here today to show that we’re behind her all the way.”

“I hardly ever get to see my family,” said Vicky, who was there with her two children.

“We fly all over the world and when I’m at home I’m usually sleeping.

“It’s no life really but it’s a job.

Funnily enough during the strike I’ve seen my kids more in one stretch than I have for years.

“But the point is, lots of the people who’ve been suspended and sacked have families too. That’s who we’re doing this for now.”

“Walsh seems to think he can starve us back to work,” said Harry. “But look at all the food and drink we’ve got here.

“Together, and with your solidarity, we have the strength to carry on and win.”


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Tue 1 Jun 2010, 18:54 BST
Issue No. 2204
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