BA staff will hold a lunchtime demonstration on 6 March to show their peaceful and dignified support for colleagues at Iberia who have been on strike over major attacks on their jobs and terms and conditions.
The Iberia ground staff and cabin crew are protesting against plans to cut 4,500 jobs, 23 per cent of the company’s total workforce. Iberia shares the same parent as British Airways, the International Airlines Group (IAG), of which Willie Walsh is chief executive. A joint negotiated plan with the unions which could have ended the dispute was scuppered at the last minute by IAG's management team.
Strikes took place in Spain on 18 to 22 February and are due to continue from 4 to 8 March and 18 to 22 March.
Unite national officer Oliver Richardson said: "BA staff are going to be showing their dignified and peaceful support for their colleagues at Iberia. The Spanish workers are defending their jobs and their airline from an unacceptable attack. BA cabin crew know only too well the pain and the struggle the Spanish workforce are having to endure.
"The situation at Iberia bears an uncanny resemblance to the British Airways cabin crew dispute during the spring and early summer of 2010. Even the language being used by IAG is almost identical to the rhetoric of that dispute.
"Cabin crew here in the UK are at a loss to understand why the senior management team at IAG is allowing history to repeat itself. IAG should learn the lessons of the BA cabin crew dispute and take the short-cut to the negotiating table and avoid this unnecessary conflict."
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- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.