'Fight is back on'
THE SKY Chefs dispute is back on. The deal that was to end the 14 month long dispute has come apart at the seams. The sacked workers' cases are now being heard at a series of industrial tribunals. The 270 catering workers at Heathrow Airport were sacked after taking part in a legal one day strike against attacks on their pay and conditions.
Lufthansa, the airline firm that owns Sky Chefs, agreed to rehire those workers who have not got other jobs and are still picketing the company's headquarters at Heathrow. But the deal broke down last week. The workers want to be reinstated with their length of service with the company unaffected. But Lufthansa says it will only re-engage them on new terms and with zero service.
The strikers are also not happy about how much money they are to be paid while they wait to be rehired. There are other disputes over precisely how the money Lufthansa says it will give to settle the dispute is to be divided. Sky Chefs workers have restarted picketing, and were protesting last week outside airline companies in central London. "We have decided to fight on", said one, "because this deal is not good enough."
- Rush messages of support and donations c/o 14 Myrtle Avenue, Bedfont, Middlesex. Cheques payable to Luft hansa Sky Chefs Strike Fund.