Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1046/29238

From The Socialist newspaper, 12 June 2019

Scottish airport strikes against attack by "ideological capitalists" - fight for better pay and pensions

Glasgow airport, photo by MP4-23/CC

Glasgow airport, photo by MP4-23/CC   (Click to enlarge)

Socialist Party Scotland

Hundreds of Unite trade union members at Glasgow and Aberdeen airports are striking to defend pensions and for better pay. So far there have been two days of strike action with more planned. Socialist Party Scotland gives our full solidarity and support.

The strike has had a large scale impact with long queues at airport security and flights affected and grounded when the action started on 7 June.

There have been well-attended pickets with management trying to keep trade unionists as far away as possible from main airport buildings and supportive passengers.

Mechanics, firefighters, security, admin, car park attendants are all fighting together. One picket told Socialist Party Scotland that airport owners make massive profits and have "engineered the disputes to try and break the union as they are ideological capitalists".

Unite's planned programme of strike action and an overtime ban up until October is a response to massive attacks by airport bosses AGS: a paltry 1.8% pay offer, really representing a pay cut, is combined with the closure of the final salary pension scheme.

Unite should continue to coordinate the action and also look at involving AGS workers at Southampton airport. An important fight will be to try and prevent the use of sub-contractors and agency staff to break the strike by appealing to workers to not cross pickets.

"Wall of silence"

A Unite spokesperson said: "Multiple times this week, Unite has requested to meet with management to seek to remedy the dispute. This has been met with a wall of silence. We cannot stand by while the boardroom of AGS enjoys pre-tax profits of 91 million, and let them close our pension scheme.

"We continue to call for further negotiations to end the dispute, but we have been ignored and will be continuing with our action until we are heard."

This dispute shows again the rising anger of workers over pay and attacks on terms and conditions. In the public sector, council workers in Dundee, Angus and West Dunbartonshire are also balloting to strike. Oil workers on the North Sea platforms have recently taken strike action.

We have seen the victory of the Glasgow equal pay strikers after a 48-hour strike. Scottish teachers also won big concessions on pay after a mass demonstration and the threat of a national strike.

This shows workers' action gets results and that if trade union leaders call action workers respond. The national and Scottish Trade Union Congress leaderships should take note and call co-ordinated action for pay rises to meet the cost of living, stop attacks on pensions and jobs and end austerity.

This dispute in the airports, a key expanding part of the economy, has the potential to have a major impact.

Socialist Party Scotland supports the demand of Len McCluskey and Unite for a general election to drive out the Tories and for a Corbyn government. AGS clearly want a race to the bottom in wages and conditions in order to boost profits for the company, as is typical with big business capitalists.

We need to fight for socialist solutions where the major 150 companies, banks and key infrastructure such as aviation is brought under public ownership and democratically controlled and managed by the working class as a whole.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 12 June 2019:


Safe homes for all

Fire tears through Barking flats - cladding off now!

Grenfell two years on - Still fighting for safety and justice


Nationalise to stop closures

Ford closure announcement must be met with united response of defiance

Nationalise Ford to prevent closure

Fight the closures save every job!


News

Widespread condemnation of horrifying, violent, homophobic assaults

Terrible child murders linked to cuts

Tory drug hypocrisy


Workplace news

Scottish airport strikes - fight for better pay and pensions

Stagecoach strike - bus workers show how it's done

Socialists in Unison hold positions in elections

South Western Railway guards to strike again

Socialist Party members make big impact at trades council conference

Southampton hospital workers win

Sellafield nuclear workers' strike


International socialist news and analysis

Southern Ireland elections

Sudan: Military crackdown to break revolution

Nigeria: Stop police harassment of Abbey and Azeez!


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

D-Day for fighting Trump attack on NHS

Edmonton joins Enfield North Labour in supporting 'no cuts' fightback strategy

Save Essex libraries protest


Opinion

TV Review: Chernobyl - Workers' heroism vs sclerotic Stalinism

The Socialist Inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 12 June 2019   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Airport:

triangleSummer of airline industry strikes against low pay and worsening conditions

triangleSupport the Glasgow Airport pay and pensions strike

triangleUnited States: strike ends federal shutdown

triangle'Stansted 15' - outrageous guilty verdict

triangleStrike raises pay at Liverpool airport

Strikes:

triangleClimate strikes: trade union round-up

triangleMarches, blockades, strikes, occupations... How can protests win?

triangleJuly climate strikes: link up with the workers' movement

triangleCome to the 2019 NSSN conference

Pensions:

triangleUCU ballots - yes to strike action on pensions, pay, workloads and equality

triangleStop the latest Tory attack on our pensions

triangleThe Socialist inbox

Pay:

triangleStudents and workers unite against fees, low pay climate change

triangleFighting PCS general secretary needed - Marion Lloyd: Why I am standing

Strike:

triangleFrimley hospital staff fight back-door privatisation

Workers:

triangleEarth strike day in London

Scotland:

triangleScotland and Brexit: Developing threat to the capitalist union

Socialist Party Scotland:

triangleDundee: young workers meet

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

17/9/19

London

Earth strike day in London

11/9/19

NSSN

Lobby of TUC: Upbeat meeting calls for trade union lead to boot out Tories

11/9/19

PCS

Fighting PCS general secretary needed - Marion Lloyd: Why I am standing

11/9/19

Climate change

Climate strikes: trade union round-up

11/9/19

Coventry

Coventry: 100 pack meeting against congestion charge

11/9/19

The Socialist

Socialist newspaper sales round-up

11/9/19

Salisbury

Salisbury welcomes Socialist campaigners

11/9/19

Leicester

Leicester Kashmir protest rejects religious smokescreen

11/9/19

Bracknell

Frimley hospital staff fight back-door privatisation

11/9/19

Leeds

Leeds pensioners occupy BBC to save free TV licenses

11/9/19

Fire

Another London block of flats destroyed by fire - remove unsafe cladding now!

11/9/19

Climate change

Students and workers unite against fees, low pay climate change

11/9/19

Workers

Workplace news in brief

11/9/19

UCU

UCU ballots - yes to strike action on pensions, pay, workloads and equality

11/9/19

Asda

Asda workers protest against worse contract

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07954 376 096

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


September 2019

August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999