Strikes by British Airways cabin crew are now back on after Monday’s injunction against the union taking industrial action was overturned.
The dramatic change came after widespread outrage was expressed about a second injunction in less than 6 months was granted, silencing the overwhelming votes for strike action by the cabin crew.
BA is now on the back foot. They wanted the strikes to be effectively crippled by the courts, but they only went to the courts because they knew the strikes could weaken them and force them to negotiate.
This is why it is so important that the pressure is kept up on BA. Without the pressure, BA will impose all of its ‘slash and burn’ changes. So if BA come up with paltry offers (and typically they have put worse offers on the table the longer the union held out) it is vital that the strike goes ahead.
The cabin crew are only a threat to BA when they act together. To give up that strength and call off the strike would mean they go into negotiations weaker.
And that’s why every trade unionist, everyone who cares about democracy and everyone who thinks that the BA bosses, and not the BA workers, should pay for the crisis should come down to the picket line at Heathrow on Monday 24th May (the first day of the strike), take a collection round work or your friends in support of the BA workers, and invite a BA worker to their union branch or a local meeting called to resist the cuts.
Kate Connelly is a writer and historian. She led school student strikes in the British anti-war movement in 2003, co-ordinated the Emily Wilding Davison Memorial Campaign in 2013 and is a leading member of Counterfire. She wrote the acclaimed biography, 'Sylvia Pankhurst: Suffragette, Socialist and Scourge of Empire' and recently edited and introduced 'A Suffragette in America: Reflections on Prisoners, Pickets and Political Change'.
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