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“The Enemies Within”

Posted: February 15th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Film, Workers | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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On Sunday 1st March, 1pm, Grow Heathrow’s 5th birthday presents “The Enemies Within”, a verbatim account from the miners, their wives and families, who took part in the Miners’ Strike 1984-85. It is their voices, as recounted to a group of actors from the Young Vic Theatre in the summer of 1985 and subsequently performed at that theatre, and 25 years later at the Octagon Theatre in Bolton, the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, and the Barnsley Working Mens’ Club.

They describe the experiences they went through in the struggle for their jobs, their democratic rights, and the very future of their communities. And it is also a record of the brutal oppression and violence they were met with in the course of that struggle. Their lives were changed forever. As was the future of all trade unions. But the struggle continues. And their resistance continues… their voices can be heard just as clearly and passionately today.

Climate jobs caravan visit

Posted: April 23rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cool Projects, Events, Workers | Tags: , | No Comments »

It’s called ‘The Climate Jobs Caravan’. It will visit over 20 towns and cities in Scotland, England and Wales in a tour organised by the Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union Group.

The southern leg will start on the 12th May in Central London and then move onto Grow Heathrow for lunch. The northern leg starts on the same day in Glasgow. Throughout the tour, there will be meetings, publicity stunts, cycle rides and the spread of information about Climate Jobs. The message of the tour will be simple: the creation of climate jobs – in public transport, home insulation, and renewable energy – can help solve both the economic and climate crisis.

Climate change is not a distant future. Its effects are being felt today. Britain has just experienced its driest March in 59 years with nationwide drought a looming possibility. But it’s not just Britain that is being hit by extreme weather. 2010 saw the warmest summer in 500 years in Eastern Europe, killing thousands and devastating crops. That same year, the worst flooding in Pakistan’s history occurred, killing 1,500 people. According to the Nature Climate Change Journal, extreme weather events have increased over the past decade and are very likely caused by human-induced global warming.

At the same time, austerity is ripping people’s lives apart. The UK currently has its highest levels of unemployment in a generation. According to government figures, 2.67 million people are currently unemployed in Britain. This figure understates the real number. In addition, 22.2% of 16-24 years are unemployed.

The Campaign Against Climate Trade Union Group (CACCTU) believes that these two crises do not have to be understood separately. Instead, we should unite the struggles emphasising the need not only to tackle the economic crisis and get people into jobs, but also put forward a positive programme to address rising CO2 emissions and reduce the prospect of catastrophic climate change.

In 2010, the Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union Group published the pamphlet ‘One Million Climate Jobs’. It outlines how when unemployment is at its highest in a generation and climate catastrophe is looming, what is required is a National Climate Service which could provide one million climate jobs, in particular in renewable energy, transport and housing.

At a time of rising unemployment and further cuts, the Climate Jobs Caravan could not come at a better time. Rather than asking for people to work for free doing workfare, we want to demand the government creates climate jobs that help reduce both emissions and unemployment.

Guest Post by Josh who is part of the tour organising committee                                              

Cycling environmentalists storm T5 in solidarity with BA cabin crew

Posted: June 10th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Workers | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Workers’ Climate Action, a campaign network of environmentalists, trade unionists and class struggle activists that fights for a Just Transition, hosted a critical mass cycle ride around Heathrow on Saturday 22nd May. The event was planned to coincide with the British Airways Cabin Crew strikes, but after a petty legal skirmish earlier in the week, it was not certain whether a Flying Bike Picket would actually being picketing anyone. The strikes were due to start on Tuesday 18th May, but BA won an injunction on Monday against Unite to stop the strikes. This judgment was won on a technicality; that Unite had failed to notify every member of 11 spoilt ballots. This injunction was perfectly timed to delay the beginning of the strike. Finally, the injunction was successfully appealed on Thursday, and Unite could then legally proceed with the strikes. But the strikes did not go ahead, and at time of going to press, BA and Unite were still in negotiations. The legal debacle was clearly an attempt to break the workers, the Union and the right to strike. With this in mind, WCA decided that it was now, even more important to defend the right to strike and to go out to Heathrow to make sure the cabin crew were made aware of WCA’s support and to encourage solidarity action from the rest of the Heathrow workforce. So, on Saturday afternoon in the afternoon sun, a critical mass of 25 cyclists set off for Heathrow airport. The mass started from Grow Heathrow, a community garden in Sipson set up by Tranisition Heathrow. A number of Sipson residents joined the mass too to show their solidarity with the cabin crew as well as a celebration of the plans to axe the Third Runway, which would have tarmac-ed their village and destroyed their homes. The mass was a colourful and musical display of creative solidarity and highlighted the current threat to our collective right to strike. The bike were covered in slogans such as ‘Not the Courts, Not the State, Workers should decide their fate!’, ‘Abolish the Anti-Trade Union Laws’ and ‘Environmentalists want to defend the right to strike!’. The mass cycled through the beautiful greenery surrounding the airport on the way to its first stop: British Airways HQ, where a local resident, who used to work for BA and lost his three-year-old child to aviation pollution, addressed the workers inside to support the cabin crew and fight their bullying boss Willie Walsh. Next stop – Terminal 5. There were many BA workers by the entrance on smoking breaks, many of whom seemed pleased to accept this playful display of solidarity. Then the critical mass left the road and entered the terminal building, swerving passed dismayed security staff, cycled passed the check-in desks demanding protection of the right to strike. The mass then continued on its course, visiting other parts of the airport and the surrounding villages to spread its message of solidarity and dissent, while simultaneously slowing traffic at every turn. The critical mass is currently the most effective and creative way to show your solidarity in a workplace such as Heathrow airport; it allows you to be mobile, avoid security and dissent in a fun and inclusive way.

The Flying Bike Picket Continues – for the right to strike!

Posted: June 10th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Workers | Tags: | No Comments »

On Monday a high court judge sided with the BA bosses and declared the planned strike by BA cabin crew workers ‘illegal’. On Saturday Workers Climate Action will be siding with the BA workers in demanding their right to strike. They have that right no matter how the judiciary interpret Tory anti-trade union laws, no matter how many media moguls denounce them and no matter how much intimidation they face from bullies like Willie Walsh and his management.

This dispute is now about more than just another privatised national industry seeking to create precarious McWorkers to hire and fire at will. It is about more than Willie Walsh attempting to break the back of an already weak British trade union movement. It is definitely, about more than the well to do British holiday makers ‘God-given-right’ to fly to their second home in Tuscany.

This dispute is now about our right to organise collectively in our workplace to defend ourselves from some of the worst attacks by capital. This is about our right to take collective direct action that gives us a little bit more control over our livelihoods. This dispute is about protecting our last legal form of self-defence against the likes of Willie Walsh, O’Leary and Fred the Shred. This is now a fight for our right to strike.

The Tolpuddle Martyrs didn’t ask permission to form a union. Labour movements of yesteryear didn’t ask a judge or Murdoch’s predecessors if they could have the weekend off, paid holiday, maternity leave, sick pay or a non-toxic working environment. Every one of these gains and many more were fought for by ordinary workers organising collectively to take action in the workplace. Thanks to New Labour mortgaging our future to bailout the rich, it is the rest of us that will have to make the repayments when the Tories and Whigs come looking for cutbacks.

‘WE WON”T PAY FOR THEIR CRISIS’, can be heard screamed on pickets around the world. Yet this demand is only heard because it is backed up by direct action. The most fundamental form of this has always been the labour strike. Withholding our labour from capital is the last line of defence. If we hold this line then we use it as a foundation for building a better world, instead of fighting rearguard actions against rich robbers. A strong labour movement can fight at the point of production for just transitions to sustainable futures. Like all the Robin Hoods of mythology, we’ll fight collectively for the rich to pay for these transitions.

If the dismayed BA cabin crew are in need of a little inspiration for what they can achieve they needn’t just look to mythology. The New South Wales Builders’ Labourers Federation used their collective power to go from fighting for toilet breaks to imposing labour Bans on whole green spaces and residential areas due for demolition by ‘developers’. Lucas Aerospace workers devised detailed plans for shifting their production from weapons of mass destruction to social goods like electric vehicles for public transport. BA workers don’t even need to look globally to the Greek resistance on general strike at the cutbacks imposed by the IMF and Eurozone. The cabin crew just need to look up the road to the campaign against the third runway, who were the last to beat Willie Walsh and his friends in industry and government.

So BA workers now is the time to strike whether sanctioned by a judge or not. For everyone else we’ll be fighting for their right to strike, on our bikes. The Flying Bike Picket will meet at 1pm on saturday the 22nd of May outside Grow Heathrow, Sipson, Ex-site of the 3rd runway. All  wanting not to pay for their crisis are welcome to join us.