From Climate 9
The “Climate 9” trial has heard that commitment to a just transition was part of the motivation for closing down Aberdeen Airport in March last year. Nine activists are accused of breach of the peace and vandalism and face trial by jury in Aberdeen, where video evidence showed climate activist Dan Glass talking to police, citing the lack of investment in “green jobs” as one of his reasons for taking action.
By Ed Maltby
Yesterday I attended a protest outside the St James Square offices of BP, in solidarity with workers at the Tauramena plant in the Casanare region of Colombia, who are attempting to organise into the USO union. The Casanare region has suffered from BP oil exploration and extraction over the last twenty years. Environmentally – groundwater has been polluted and rivers diverted by the extraction operation run by BP – and in human lives: in a region with 300,000 inhabitants, nine thousand have been murdered or disappeared by BP-paid paramilitaries and anti-union thugs as part of BP’s war against local communities and the USO union.
By Sacha Ismail
Judges have ruled that the BA strike, recently banned by the High Court on a balloting technicality (see here), can go ahead (see the BBC website and the Guardian website for more).
Labour movement activists need to mobilise the maximum possible solidarity with the BA workers as a matter of urgency. We urge all those who can to take part in Saturday’s Workers’ Climate Action protest in support of the strike.
Join WCA at the Royal Courts of Justice, on the Strand, WC2A 2LL, ***tomorrow at 9am***, when Unite are due to learn whether they’ll be allowed to appeal the disgraceful injunction against the BA workers’ strike.
Please spread the word!
By WCA Heathrow activists
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.
On Saturday 22 May, Workers’ Climate Action will be organising a critical mass bike ride in solidarity with the BA cabin crew workers’ struggle and in defence of the right to strike.
A Workers’ Climate Action briefing written by Paul Hampton
From the Third Estate website.
Yesterday I went down again to the Heathrow picket lines, to see how the strike is developing, and also to check out the new community garden squatted by Sipson residents and activists. Continue reading
The following letter was printed in the Guardian on 26 March.
Climate change activists are mobilising to support the British Airways workers (Follow up strike will go ahead says union, 22 March). We do not believe workers should pay for an economic crisis their bosses have created any more than the planet should pay for capitalism’s endless chasing after profit. Strikes, workplace occupations and other militant actions are the only way to prevent the costs of the recession being unloaded on to working people. Workers in high-emissions industries have an important role in curbing climate change. They cannot do this if they are pushed down and their union broken. We want to build an alliance between the labour movement and the climate change movement so we can transform both into an effective force for social change.
Workers’ Climate Action
A Workers’ Climate Action delegation went out to Heathrow on 19 March to be on the spot for the start of picketing on 20 March. We were hosted at Grow Heathrow, a squatted space run by Transition Heathrow (a group of Climate Camp-type activists who’ve moved to Sipson to focus their activism in the area).