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From The Socialist newspaper, 2 December 2020

Heathrow workers strike against 'fire and rehire' plans

Heathrow workers Strike Photo: Socialist Party

Heathrow workers Strike Photo: Socialist Party   (Click to enlarge)

Socialist Party members joined workers on strike at Heathrow Airport against the bosses' 'fire and rehire' plans, cutting pay in the process.

The workers, members of union Unite, are striking for four days in December.

4,000 staff, including firefighters, engineers, operations, security and baggage staff, have been told to sign new contracts, cutting pay for some by about 20% or up to £8,000.

Engineering workers picketing at Hatton Cross said: "We are determined to defend ourselves and our terms and conditions."

The next strike dates are 14, 17, and 18 December.

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The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

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