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(en) Ireland, Anarchist Workers Solidarity #88 - Solidarity - The Working Class Weapon

Date Thu, 27 Oct 2005 12:05:24 +0200

British Airways bosses are investigating whether they can prove that
the T&GWU union helped organise last month's one-day strike at
Heathrow airport. Sympathy strikes are unlawful in Britain (and in
Ireland too). If they can prove it, they can sue the union.
The stoppage was in support of sacked staff at Gate Gourmet, BA's
in-flight caterers. Management there have admitted that they began
planning eight months previously to get rid of their staff and replace
them with Eastern Europeans who would be paid much lower wages.
Interestingly, the parent firm of Gate Gourmet, Texas Pacific, is
headed by David Bonderman, who is also chairman of union-busting yanair.

The law says it is ok to plot to sack workers and replace them with
people on pathetically low pay. The law also says it is illegal for unions
to organise support from another employer's staff for their members.
And they say the law is impartial!

In reality, sympathy strikes are a workers' best weapon as individually
we have little power compared to the boss. Standing together,
however, we can defend our rights. The bosses know this, hence the
attack on even the barest form of solidarity by workers. The more this
type of non-unionised labour is accepted, the worse it wll be for all
workers as oer the race to the bottom will sooner or later trickle down
to unionised workers as bosses claim they need cut benefits in order to

An Post's vulnerbility to non-unionised courier companies is an
example of this; the bosses there are putting pressure to reduce the
conditions of postal workers claiming they are under threat from
private courier companies.

The response of the workers in this situaion needs to be to pressurise
their union to begin a recruitment campagin in these other companies
so that working conditions are raised for all workers in all companies
instead of a futile short sighted attempt to protect current workers.
Solidarity amongst workers - rather than cunning negotiationg skills of
bureaucrats - is the strength of the workingclass. Let's return to that.

More on Workplace struggles and the unions
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This edition is No88 published in Sept 2005

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