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Frontpage: BA cabin crew take on union-buster

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19.12.09

 

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BA cabin crew take on union-buster

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BA workers call 12 days of strikes
The battle lines between union-busting British Airways (BA) boss Willie Walsh and 14,000 cabin crew workers have been drawn.
Walsh is intent on slashing jobs, cutting pay and ripping up working agreements. He has already imposed damaging cuts on cabin crew numbers without agreement with the workers’ Unite union.
But workers are refusing to take it – and have hit him with plans for a spectacular 12-day strike, set to begin on Tuesday of next week.

 

Who says?

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Quotes from the week's news

 

Simon Basketter: Labour’s cuts mean a war on public services

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19.12.09

 

In its prebudget statement, the government last week claimed it planned to squeeze the rich in an effort to boost income, and spare “core” public services from any serious cuts.
In reality, Chancellor Alistair Darling declared war on working people on a scale not seen since Margaret Thatcher’s Tory government in the 1980s.

 

MPs' expenses: Austerity measures? Do as I say, not as I do

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19.12.09

 

Despite the apparent need for austerity, MPs still managed to claim almost £11 million towards their second homes last year.

 

What a bunch of bankers

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19.12.09

 

Within days of the government’s announcement of a one-off tax on bankers’ bonuses, the slimy boys in the City of London were already finding ways to avoid paying.

 

PFI con-trick costs us all

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19.12.09

 

The government’s commitment to privatisation is putting schools, hospitals and the care of the vulnerable and elderly at risk—and it is costing us on average £8,400 each.

 

New pensions attack coming

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19.12.09

 

Alistair Darling last week told Britain’s 5.8 million public sector workers that pay rises would be capped at just 1 percent and that their pension benefits could not last much longer.

 

Tim Sanders: Cartoon: Solidarity action

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19.12.09

 

Sadie Robinson: BA cabin crew get on board for a fightback

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“We’re not a militant bunch of people, but we’ve been forced to do something,” says Julie, a long haul cabin crew worker at British Airways (BA)

 

Bosses caused BA’s problems

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BA boss Willie Walsh, backed by torrents of drivel in the right wing media, says a strike by cabin crew will wreck the company.

 

Union leaders must match militant mood

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19.12.09

 

Walsh has deliberately provoked this dispute.

 

Alex Callinicos: A Tobin Tax won’t solve the problem

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19.12.09

 

Is the Tobin Tax on international financial transfers an idea whose time has come? It has been endorsed by the United Nations, Gordon Brown, Angela Merkel, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Financial Services Authority chair Lord Turner, and now the European Union (EU)

 

Matthew Cookson: Greece’s crisis is a warning to the world

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19.12.09

 

As the Greek economy lies in tatters, the government is planning savage cuts

 

Katharina Litschauer: Austria: Students will fight on

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19.12.09

 

Students have been occupying the University of Vienna in Austria for more than three months.

 

Simon Basketter: Ireland: Workers’ anger at brutal cuts held back

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19.12.09

 

The economic crisis in Ireland has resulted in a series of vicious attacks on workers.

 

Ged Colgan + Esme Choonara: Bus workers defy bribes and head to picket lines

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19.12.09

 

Over 1,000 bus drivers in Leeds defied bribes of a “Christmas bonus” by striking over pay last Saturday.

 

Ian Allinson: Fujitsu strikers to hit Scrooge bosses with six days of national action

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19.12.09

 

Workers at the IT services giant Fujitsu are set to take part in six days of nationwide strikes to defend jobs and pension provision.

 

Siân Ruddick: Racists beaten again in Harrow

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19.12.09

 

The racist campaign against the Harrow mosque in north west London suffered another humiliating defeat last Sunday as hundreds of anti-fascists came out to defend the Muslim community.

 

Sadie Robinson: Climate questions: Why there’s no such thing as ‘clean coal’

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19.12.09

 

In the final column of this series Sadie Robinson looks at why ‘carbon capture’ has no answers.

 

Siân Ruddick: Put Blair on trial for his war crimes

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19.12.09

 

Tony Blair finally admitted last week what millions of people in the anti-war movement have known for years – that he was intent on going to war in Iraq whether the country posed a threat or not.

 

Vigils after 100th British death in Afghanistan

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19.12.09

 

Stop the War groups last week held events to commemorate the 100th British soldier killed in Afghanistan this year.

 

Joe Glenton: Freed soldier still faces trial

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19.12.09

 

Joe Glenton, a British soldier who has refused to return to the war in Afghanistan, was released from military prison in Colchester last week.

 

Letters

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Workers must back the new climate movement | ‘Clear red water’ for Wales? | Scots’ independence | Defend German student strikers | We need to march for jobs | Victor Grayson: A model socialist MP | James Hansen and climate change | Nazis’ lies about troops | Surplus value: it’s all relative

 

Yuri Prasad: Pakistan: Faultline of the war on terror

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19.12.09

 

Yuri Prasad looks at the current situation in the country

 

Pakistan: What is the root of the crisis?

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Pakistan was formed in 1947 when the British Empire partitioned the Indian subcontinent as it withdrew.

 

Map of Pakistan and Afghanistan

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19.12.09

 

Simon Assaf: Conflict in Yemen was caused by imperialism

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19.12.09

 

A vicious little war has broken out in the Middle East, along Saudi Arabia’s border with Yemen.

 

Michael Rosen + Sinead Kennedy + China Miéville: 2009: a year of terrifying, satirical and fascinating art

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19.12.09

 

Michael Rosen, Sinead Kennedy and China Miéville take a look back at the films, books, music and art that inspired them this year

 

Fiona McPhail: This crisis is not our fault

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19.12.09

 

As the winter nights draw in, many people will be worrying about whether they can afford to pay their gas and electricity bills.

 

Siân Ruddick: Sex education: youth, respect and equality

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19.12.09

 

A teenage pregnancy co-ordinator in London spoke to Siân Ruddick about young people, sex, respect and sexual violence education in schools.

 

Chris Bambery: Voices Against War: resisting conflict

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19.12.09

 

Chris Bambery looks at those who refused to fight in the First World War (Voices Against War: A Century of Protest by Lyn Smith)

 

John Rose: ‘Electrifying’ tour calls for Israel boycott (expanded online)

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19.12.09

 

Leaders from South Africa’s freedom struggle joined a key Palestinian activist for an electrifying tour of meetings last week

 

Estelle Cooch: ‘Flood’ of protest hits Copenhagen

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19.12.09

 

More than 100,000 protesters gathered in the Danish capital of Copenhagen last Saturday to demand that world leaders take serious action on climate change.

 

What we think: Climate summit has no solutions

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19.12.09

 

The outcome of the UN climate talks at Copenhagen will be rises in carbon dioxide emissions.

 

Siân Ruddick: Police report into death of Blair Peach may finally be released (online only)

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19.12.09

 

The report into the death of Anti Nazi League and Socialist Workers Party member Blair Peach in 1979 got a step closer to seeing the light of day this week.

 

Estelle Cooch: Pictures of Copenhagen demonstrations against climate change (online only)

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19.12.09

 

Esme Choonara: London bus workers take to the picket line (online only)

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19.12.09

 

Around 20 striking bus workers at CT Plus in Hackney, east London, braved the freezing cold to join a picket line early this morning. Their numbers were boosted as more strikers joined throughout the day.

 

Video of Unite meeting where the BA vote for action was announced (online only)

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19.12.09

 

The footage shows the several thousand strong Unite union meeting at Sandown Park where BA cabin crew workers heard the overwhelming result of their vote for strike action, Monday 14 December 2009.

 

Mark Bergfeld: Climate protests defy the police in Copenhagen (online only)

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19.12.09

 

The demonstration ”Reclaim Power” in Copenhagen on Wednesday of this week attracted several thousand Danish and international protesters.

 

Sadie Robinson: Judge grants BA injunction to stop cabin crew strike (online only)

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19.12.09

 

British Airways (BA) has won a court injunction to stop some 14,000 cabin crew workers from taking strike action. They were set to begin a 12-day strike on Tuesday of next week.

 

Mark Serwotka re-elected as PCS general secretary (online only)

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19.12.09

 

Mark Serwotka has been re-elected as the general secretary of the PCS civil service workers’ union for a third term. PCS members voted by 63.4 percent to 36.6 percent for Serwotka against his right wing challenger Rob Bryson.

 

Simon Basketter: 'Truth and justice' at Mikey Powell inquest (online only)

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19.12.09

 

The family of Mikey Powell, who died in police custody in 2003, say the verdict of the inquest into his death has given them “truth and justice”.

 

Fujitsu workers fight for pensions, jobs and pay with first national IT strike (online only)

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19.12.09

 

Workers at the Fujitsu services company held the first ever national strike in the IT industry when they took action in defence of their jobs, pay and pensions on Friday. Big and lively picket lines were seen at Fujitsu offices across the country—including Manchester, Warrington, Crewe and Belfast—as the 1,600 Unite union members struck.

 

Charlie Kimber: Support Christmas strikes at London Underground (online only)

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19.12.09

 

Two groups of workers on the London Underground are striking over the Christmas period – and there are more strikes to come.

 

London protest recalls Israel’s murderous assault on Gaza (online only)

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19.12.09

 

About 500 people attended an angry protest outside the Israeli embassy in Kensington, West London on Sunday 27 December, marking the first anniversary of the invasion of Gaza that resulted in around 1,500 deaths.

 

Palestinian aid convoy heading for Gaza after being blocked by Egypt (online only)

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19.12.09

 

The Gaza-bound Viva Palestina convoy is now on route via Syria after the Egyptian government blocked it in Jordan

 

Picture of Glasgow vigil for Palestine on 27 December (online only)

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19.12.09

 

One year after beginning of the assault on Gaza, where over 1,400 Palestinians were killed by Israel and 14 Israelis were killed (mainly by friendly fire) the people of Glasgow remember the massacre.

 

Longstanding revolutionary Frank Henderson has died (online only)

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19.12.09

 

Supporters of Socialist Worker will be sad to hear the news that longstanding revolutionary socialist Frank Henderson died on New Year’s Eve

 

Martin Smith: Rage Against the Machine Interview (from 2000) (online only)

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19.12.09

 

The campaign to make Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name” the Christmas number one has renewed interest in the band. Here we represent a Socialist Worker interview, originally published in issue 1683 (12 February 2000)

 

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