Statement by Jerry Hicks, rank and file candidate for General Secretary of Unite:
The vote by British Airways cabin crew in favour of industrial action was a brilliant result. More than 80 percent of members took part and 92 percent supported taking action.
It proves how members feel both vulnerable and angry. That anger was translated into a massive vote for strike action.
All three main parties are now lining up to wield the axe. One employer after another is sticking the boot in. Willie Walsh is the spearhead of all those bosses who are trying to squeeze out profits at workers’ expense by shedding jobs and slashing wages.
After more than a decade of Labour government it’s a scandal that employers like British Airways can still use Thatcher’s anti-union laws. Repeal of these laws simply has not been a priority for the TUC or our union.
If it had been Unite would not have been dragged into the High Court wasting time, energy and money that could have been used to serve our members.
Every trade unionist should do everything they can to support BA cabin staff. We all know that it would be a massive victory for all of us in the working class movement if they win.