BA union decided to extend the strike by another two weeks

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BA union decided to extend the strike by another two weeks

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British Airways union decided to extend the strike by another two weeks
August 13, 2017

Unite union members reaffirmed their determination to fight on. Unite representative Gareth Theobald told Socialist Worker, “After a big meeting our stance remains strong.”

“BA is under a lot of pressure from staff shortages, and public opinion. We’re saying it won’t get a resolution to this until it engages in discussion—battening down the hatches isn’t going to work.”

Unite union members in BA’s “mixed fleet” have got struck for nearly 70 days so far this year against poverty pay. Many workers rely on second jobs, taking home less than £16,000 a year.

One of the strikers who got married recently said, “I always imagined that BA was the best airline in the world so it must be a good employer. But it doesn’t value the staff whose work makes all its profit.”

The workers have had gestures of support from wide sections of the labour movement. Unite Community activists joined the solidarity day and explained the forum why they are striking. The European Transport Federation has sent an angry letter to BA last week, and 33 MPs have signed an early day motion.

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