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Heathrow T&G official sacked over Gate Gourmet dispute

Issue No. 1983

Another important T&G union official at Heathrow airport, Pat Breslin, was sacked by British Airways (BA) last week for allegedly organising the walkouts at the airport last August in solidarity with Gate Gourmet workers.

This means that two T&G reps have been sacked and a third given a final warning along with other disciplinary measures as a result of those strikes.

The T&G says it will energetically pursue appeals and then consider its options.

But this is hardly likely to hold back Willie Walsh, BA’s chief executive, who is determined to slash jobs and conditions at the airport.

A union member at the airport told Socialist Worker, “The T&G has to fight over this issue. The best way to do so is to link the sackings to the attacks that are coming over issues of jobs, pensions and flight bonuses. This is not about three individuals, it is about maintaining a union to defend us all.”

Meanwhile many sacked Gate Gourmet workers continue to campaign for full reinstatement and against the measures they are expected to accept as part of the “compromise agreement” with BA.

Send donations for the sacked Gate Gourmet workers’ campaign payable to Gate Gourmet dispute fund club, c/o 20 Penine Way, Hayes, UB3 5LL

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Sat 14 Jan 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1983
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