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From The Socialist newspaper, 1 February 2007

BA bosses make concessions

But workers must prepare for future attacks

THE PLANNED two-day strike of British Airways cabin crew on 30-31 January was called off following a deal between their union, the TGWU, and BA management. The determined stand of the crew - who had overwhelmingly backed strike action - has won some important concessions.

These include a two-year pay deal with basic pay rising by 4.6% from next month and in line with inflation in 2008, increased pay for crew who started after 1997 (to close their pay gap with those who started pre-97) and a climb-down by the bosses regarding some of their attacks on the right to sickness leave.

However, the TGWU has accepted BA's proposals to reduce its 'pension deficit' and the use of fewer higher-grade crew on long haul 747 flights. The cabin crew's show of strength has laid down an important marker for future battles.

BA bosses will be coming back with more attacks as part of their cost-cutting drive and move to Terminal 5, so the workforce needs maximum unity across the four main trade unions at BA and preparedness to fight again.

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In The Socialist 1 February 2007:

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NHS: Protests must reflect people's anger

NHS union attacked in Brighton


Workplace news

Striking for jobs and services

BA bosses make concessions


Socialist Students

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Building for the protests


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Gay adoption: Christian hierarchy attacks equal rights

Reid's prison disaster

Review: Silent Accomplice


Northern Ireland

Sinn Fein's major U-turn


War and terrorism

Iraq - build for 24 February demo

Lewisham leads the way


International socialist news and analysis

CWI rally: An inspiring international meeting

CWI World Congress: Building the forces of socialism worldwide

Sri Lanka: Defend socialists under attack

Bolivia: Mass protests demand right-wing Prefect's resignation


Workplace news

Power industry: Fight this victimisation

Sacked electricians fight on

BP condemned over safety standards

Support the Unique Care workers

Southampton care workers on strike

National meeting on Single Status


 

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