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From: The Socialist issue 1112, 2 December 2020: Better for billionaires, Worse for workers

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Heathrow workers strike against 'fire and rehire' plans

Heathrow workers Strike Photo: Socialist Party

Heathrow workers Strike Photo: Socialist Party   (Click to enlarge)

Socialist Party members joined workers on strike at Heathrow Airport against the bosses' 'fire and rehire' plans, cutting pay in the process.

The workers, members of union Unite, are striking for four days in December.

4,000 staff, including firefighters, engineers, operations, security and baggage staff, have been told to sign new contracts, cutting pay for some by about 20% or up to 8,000.

Engineering workers picketing at Hatton Cross said: "We are determined to defend ourselves and our terms and conditions."

The next strike dates are 14, 17, and 18 December.

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Leicester picket on the 21st strike day (22nd Feb) of around 7,000 British Gas engineers.  They are fighting against

Leicester picket on the 21st strike day (22nd Feb) of around 7,000 British Gas engineers. They are fighting against 'fire and rehire' - designed to worsen terms and conditions. Photo by Steve Score, Leicester Socialist Party

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