I went last week to a very well-attended Central London meeting held to express solidarity with the BA strikers.
The statement that struck me was from the BA worker: “This is clearly an attack on the unions. By the company’s reckoning we came within £9m of the cuts they needed – yet the most recent days of action cost £100 million. This is not about money.”
Steve Hedley, London Region RMT organiser, spoke also about the 800 frontline jobs that were planned to be cut from the Tube. He suggested that instead of looking at the jobs of the workers who answer questions on platforms, who evacuate passengers during fire alarms etc, the posts of the more than 200 people working for the Tube who are paid more than the Prime Minister might be considered.
The CNJ also reported on the meeting.