A Bassa union member at British Airways has sent the following to Socialist Worker, where a cabin crew worker explains why they went on strike – and why other crew should too.
“This morning I got ready for work, but I also bought with me a change of clothes. Why? Because I was still arguing with myself that I was doing the wrong thing in going to work.
‘As I drove past Hatton Cross roundabout I saw about 30 of my colleagues with their flags and banners on the picket line. Beeping my horn was all I could do to acknowledge their bravery.
‘As I approached Cranebank my car seemed to just drive past it. I knew I had done the right thing. I headed to Bedfont Football Club.
‘I can’t tell you how good it was to see so many people there. The atmosphere was fantastic and united. What was most evident was that there is a hell of a lot of support for people like me there.
‘If you are at home right now and feeling the weight of the world is on your shoulders please know this.
‘For months now I feel I have not had a voice and not been listened to. I have not been able to tell Willie Walsh what I think about him and what he has done to our wonderful airline that I have been so proud to work for these past 15 years.
‘Today I feel like I’ve shouted from the rafters at Willie Walsh, telling him where to stick his imposition!! What a feeling.
‘I am at peace with myself for the first time in many many weeks. I will sleep soundly tonight.”
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