WORLD UNITES BEHIND UNITE; US, Oz and Germany Back BA Strike
Byline: MARK ELLIS
THE three-day BA strike is set to escalate into a global dispute after powerful unions around the world vowed to back the walkout by 12,000 cabin crew.
Unite union leaders were yesterday in Washington DC for talks with America's massive Teamsters union.
Support has already come from Germany, Spain, Italy and Australia - countries where baggage handlers and ground staff could throw into chaos BA's plans to fly planes manned by strike-breakers.
Action by overseas unions could make it imposssible for planes to be refuelled, serviced, cleaned or supplied with food.
The Teamsters have 1.4million members - 40,000 in aviation. They control fuel deliveries to the biggest airports. The Teamsters said in a statement: "We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters at Unite who are fighting for a fair contract.''
In Germany, the union ver.di said it would offer Unite ''practical'' support and union bosses in Australia have also vowed to make it hard for strike-breaking volunteers to work in its airports. With the three-day strike - over pay and staffing levels - set to start on Saturday, hopes of a last-minute deal to call off action were fading fast.
Even the conciliation service Acas was forced to issue an unexpected statement, rebuking both sides for leaking details of last weekend's failed talks, which Gordon Brown …
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Publication information: Article title: WORLD UNITES BEHIND UNITE; US, Oz and Germany Back BA Strike. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Mirror (London, England). Publication date: March 18, 2010. Page number: 9. © 2009 MGN LTD. COPYRIGHT 2010 Gale Group.
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