Support Mixed Fleet Unite Workers in Dispute

15401105_1839038679647687_8781491977068279822_nMembers of Unite working for British Airways’ mixed fleet today are engaged in 14 days of continuous strike action.

The strike running from 00:01 hours on Wednesday 19 July 2017 to 23:59 hours on Tuesday 1 August 2017 is in addition to a 16-day strike currently underway which started at 00:01 on Saturday 1 July and finishes at 23:59 on Sunday 16 July.

As part of the dispute, Unite has launched legal action against the government’s decision to give the go-ahead to the ‘wet lease’ of nine Airbus aircraft by British Airways to cover striking cabin crew strike. The union argues that the lease of aircraft and cabin crew from Qatar Airways breaches European regulations.

Since 2010 all British Airways new cabin crew employees join what is called ‘mixed fleet’, where despite promises that pay would be 10 per cent above the market rate, basic pay starts at just £12,192 with £3 an hour flying pay. Unite estimates that on average ‘mixed fleet’ cabin crew earn £16,000, including allowances, a year.

Unite the Union is calling for donations to the hardship fund:

Account name – Mixed-Fleet Unite Hardship Fund

Account # – 2037 6387

Sort Code – 60-83-01

Reference: MFU



Trade Union Courses at the College of Haringey Enfield and North East London

TUC 10 Day courses

·        Union Learning Reps Certificate                 10 Mondays from 25 Sep 2017  

·        Union Reps Stage 1 Certificate                  10 Tuesdays from 26 Sep 2017

·        Health & Safety Stage 1 Certificate            10 Wednesdays from 27 Sep 2017

·        Employment Law Certificate                       10 Thursdays from 28 Sep 2017 

·        Next Steps for Safety Reps Certificate       10 Fridays from 29 Sep 2017

Venue: College of Haringey Enfield and North East London, Tottenham Centre N15 4RU

Times: 9.30am -4.30pm

Apply directly via the following website:

The Great Jobs Agenda: Giving every worker the opportunity to progress

Everyone at work deserves a great job. A great job is one where the worker is paid and treated fairly. And it’s one where workers get opportunities to progress, to learn and to have a voice on what matters.

That’s why we’ve created the Great Jobs Agenda. The agenda will give the trade union movement a common set of bargaining asks in workplaces. And it sets out what we want the government to do to ensure that every worker has a great job with fair pay, regular hours and the opportunity to progress.

Frances O’Grady, TUC General Secretary

Voice at work
“If you complain they would gang up and lessen your hours […] I am scared if I raise anything, they would stop all the good things about my job.”

Fair and decent pay
“Changeable income makes paying bills and budgeting hard. Can’t afford to take holidays or be off sick as it means a lower wage that month.”

Regular hours
“I don’t get a rota for the coming week till the Friday if I am lucky – this makes planning anything but work difficult. During quiet periods I will have no shifts so making ends meet is hard but then if it’s busy I’m expected to work 70+ hours.”

Learning and progression
“Told me I would be trained to do everything, never got proper training and they had a go at me for doing things wrong when I hadn’t done that particular thing before.”

Fair treatment and respect
“I get shouted at constantly, treated like I’m nothing, and get yelled at for taking time off.”

Healthy workplaces
“They do not follow health and safety standards and the building had no running water, we wash up in a bin before putting things through the dishwasher and the place is freezing and covered in mould.”

The Great Jobs Agenda: Giving every worker the opportunity to progress


Proposed Agenda for Meeting on 13th of July 2017 7pm at Greek Cypriot Brotherhood, Finchley


Meeting of Barnet Alliance for Public Services



Attendance and apologies

07:05 PM


Review minutes of previous meeting



Matters Arising from the Minutes

07:15 PM


Guest Talk from Radical Housing Action

07:45 PM


Election 2017: How do we get a change of government?

08:15 PM


Industrial Reports

08:25 PM


Any Other Business and Delegates Motions

08:30 PM


Meeting Ends

North Africa at the Crossroads

11june_rabat_almounadilaviafbEvent: North Africa at the Crossroads – 7pm Tues 11 July, SOAS – book online now

Around 100,000 demonstrators took to the streets of the Moroccan capital Rabat on 11 June in solidarity with the mass movement in the Rif region, following a crackdown by the authorities and the arrest of movement leaders.

The revival of mass protests in the capital follows months of demonstrations in the Rif raising a range of demands for political reform and social change.

The Rif movement exploded in October 2016 following the murder of Al Hoceima fish-seller Mohsin Fikri, who was crushed to death in the back of a bin lorry while municipal officials tried to confiscate his wares.

In the wake of Mohsin’s death, protests erupted across Morocco, linking issues of corruption, unemployment and social justice with the demands of the Rif’s Amazigh-speaking population for cultural, economic and social rights.

However over the winter, the movement outside the Rif retreated, while repression within the Rif intensified, perhaps reflecting the regime’s calculation that the protest movement had been contained and isolated.

Between 26 May and 31 May, Moroccan security forces rounded up 71 people following protests in the Rif’s regional capital, Al Hoceima and the neighbouring towns of Imzouren and Beni Bouayach.

Among those arrested was Nasser Zefzafi, an important protest leader from Al Hoceima. Lawyers for the detainees told Amnesty International they saw signs of beatings on their bodies, and that the prisoners had been insulted and in some cases threatened with rape.

A few days after their arrest, 31 of the detainees were transferred to Casablanca for interrogation, raising fears that they would be charged with state security or terrorism offences.

Demonstrators in London call for solidarity with political prisoners.

Despite the crackdown, protests in Al Hoceima continued to grow, however, with thousands turning out nightly. The Moroccan regime’s other tactics, including urging criticism of the protests from the pulpit in the city’s mosques, and a barrage of media attacks on the protesters as ‘separatists’ and ‘traitors’, failed to halt the rising tide of mobilisation.

Outside the Rif, the solidarity movement also surged ahead, with huge numbers joining the demonstration in the capital on 11 June.

Demonstrators also called for the release of political prisoners at a protest in London on 12 June in solidarity with the movement in Morocco. Search on Facebook for Hirak – Morocco Solidarity Initiative UK for more information. 

Homes Before Profit – Protest at Housing Committee Meeting


Labour councillors have submitted a member’s item to the 26 June Housing Committee calling for a review of fire safety at all Barnet Homes properties and housing association properties located in the borough following the fire at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington.

Facebook event here: Monday, June 26 at 6 PM at Hendon Town Hall.

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