Peter Marshall | 22.03.2010 09:51
No BA staff would show this t-shirt because of fear of victimisation
Unite banners at the cabin crew meeting
Unite members give support to BASSA
Len McCluskey, Unite assistant general secretary
Applause for McCluskey
John McDonnell MP
Staff opinion of Willy Walsh
Picket at Heathrow and BA planes on the ground
Although many BA employees were at the rally, the BA management had threatened anyone who spoke at it or appeared in TV interviews with dismissal. So although a number of trade unionists spoke, including of course McCluskey, the voice of the actual workers could not be officially heard, although the thunderous applause they gave the speakers who criticised Willy Walsh and some chanting made their opinions crystal clear.
Local MP John McDonnell spoke giving his full support for the cabin crew in this dispute.
Pickets were in place from the early hours at entrances around Heathrow, and although there were no reports of any trouble on the picket lines, one photographer was reported arrested and others attempting to cover the event ordered off the airport. Many BA planes were visible on the ground.
Further pictures are on Demotix:
and I will post a larger selection later on My London Diary