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Heathrow: plot to break union

Issue No. 1979

The threats to trade unions and workers at Heathrow airport were underlined this week by an article confirming the report Socialist Worker ran on 1 October.

An article in the Independent claims that British Airways have assembled evidence to use against T&G union leader Tony Woodley. The material purports to show that Woodley encouraged the unofficial walkouts in support of Gate Gourmet workers earlier this year.

The T&G denies such claims. The attacks on the union, and the continuing threat to three leading stewards, are part of the new chief executive’s plans to “rationalise” the company.

Sacked Gate Gourmet workers will march in Southall, west London, on Sunday. Many of those who were offered redundancy terms have still not signed, even though the deadline was supposed to be 16 November. That deadline has now been extended by a month, but bosses are also saying they will implement the deal whether everyone signs or not.

There is also anger that the T&G union is expected to cease the £52 a week hardship payments next week.

Demonstrate Sunday 4 December, 1pm, Beresford Road, Southall.

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Sat 3 Dec 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1979
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