TRADE UNIONISTS across west London raised over �3,000 in support of the Lufthansa Sky Chefs workers at Heathrow airport in the run up to Christmas. The 270 Sky Chefs workers were sacked over a year ago after they held a legal one day strike against their employer's demand that they work harder for less money.
Collections took place in over 30 workplaces. They included �450 raised by UNISON members in Hammersmith, �100 from council workers in Hounslow and over �200 at the Public Records Office in Kew. Heathrow airport workers in the GMB/APEX union also donated �1,000. Angela, who helped organise the collection in Kew, says, "People gave money because they were outraged that a group of workers had been sacked simply for striking."
Over 20 people handed over the money to the Sky Chefs workers on their picket line. Javed, a Sky Chefs shop steward, thanked the workers for their solidarity and urged trade unionists to continue their support.
- Donations and messages of support: c/o 14 Myrtle Avenue, Bedfont, Middlesex. Cheques payable to the Lufthansa Sky Chefs Strike Fund.