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Meet at Grow Heathrow, Vineries Close, Sipson, UB7 0JG
On Saturday 22 May, Workers’ Climate Action will be organising a critical mass bike ride in solidarity with the BA cabin crew workers’ struggle and in defence of the right to strike.
British Airways bosses have once again secured a high court injunction against the strike on the basis of a technicality with the balloting process. This represents a further attack on working-class democracy and civil liberties in general; workers who voted overwhelmingly to strike are having their right to do so taken away from them and are expected to simply accept, without any option to protest or dissent, contractual changes in which they had no say whatsoever. Our critical mass will go ahead as a protest in support of the right to strike.
Because of the way that the BASSA/Unite pickets are laid out, using bikes to get around and visit them is the most efficient way of showing solidarity. It’s also a more creative and innovative way of showing our support than more traditional methods.
WHAT: A critical mass bike ride in solidarity with the BA strikers and a celebration of our victory against the 3rd runway at Heathrow
WHEN: Meet 1pm Saturday 22nd of May.
WHERE: Meet at Grow Heathrow, Vineries Close, Sipson, UB7 0JG, crash space and banner making from 11am. Nearest station West Drayton from Paddington or Reading
• We helped beat the 3rd runway and we can help beat Willie Walsh.
• Willie wanted to shaft us with the 3rd runway and now he wants to shaft his workers.
• Willie wants weak workers for his profit margins but we want strong workers fighting for a just green future.
• Willie and the courts say we should roll over and accept whatever our bosses tell us. We say different.
BRING: Bikes, sound systems, banners, picnic, MP3 playlists, fancy dress, indignation and humour
TRAVEL: Meet at Paddington Station at 11am on Saturday to take the train to West Drayton early to make banners
CONTACT: 07985 201 350 text/call for more info www.workersclimateaction.co.uk
Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, London
Called by Workers' Climate Action
With the Royal Courts of Justice set to deliver a verdict at 9:30am on whether Unite will be allowed to appeal against the outrageous injunction against the British Airways workers' strike (yes, they have to appeal to have an appeal), we felt it was important to register a presence - even a token one - outside the court to express our solidarity with the BA workers and defend the right to strike.
If you work shifts, have flexi-time, don't start work until 10am, are unemployed, are a student or even reckon you can get away with turning up to work a bit late then come and join us to wave placards and make a bit of noise to let the judges, the bosses, the general public and crucially the BA workers themselves know that - despite the media hate campaign - there are people who back them and will stand up for their right to take industrial action.
More info: Daniel on 07961040618.