I am astounded by this. UNITE the union were engaged in talks aimed at averting the need for strike action that was going to cost their members considerable amounts of money in lost wages. I don’t know how likely the talks were to reach a settlement, but clearly the union were doing exactly the right thing in talking to management to seek to make the strike unnecessary.
Read what happened for your self, courtesy of BBC:
Dozens of demonstrators from the Socialist Workers Party breached security at the London offices of the conciliation service Acas.
It is not known how much progress was made in the last-ditch talks aimed at averting strikes by cabin crew.
The latest strikes follow a long-running dispute over jobs, pay and working conditions.
The two sides sat around the negotiating table for more five hours on Saturday before the protesters interrupted the meeting.
More than 100 demonstrators gathered outside the building, saying they were there to show solidarity with BA cabin crew.
Banners and shouting
Those who made it to the 23rd floor, where the talks were taking place, came face to face with BA chief executive Willie Walsh and Tony Woodley, joint leader of Unite.
Mr Woodley angrily remonstrated with the protesters telling them to “shut up”.
The talks had to be abandoned amid scenes of chaos and Mr Walsh had to be escorted by police from the building.
The protesters, many holding up Socialist Workers Party banners, stayed in the building until they were ejected by police officers.
Why have the SWP started breaking up trade union negotiations? Words completely fail me. Has the leadership of the SWP been taken over by the Sparticist League?
This is the Sky Report. “Some 100 people broke into the HQ of the conciliation service Acas where talks were ongoing to try and settle the long-running dispute.
But the discussions have now been abandoned after BA chief executive Willie Walsh was forced to leave the venue.
A furious Tony Woodley, joint general secretary of Unite, told Sky News the activists were “idiots” and “lunatics”.
“Negotiations have not broken down, they have been broken up. We have made some progress but there is more to do,” he said.
“This was a complete waste of an early-evening.
“I am so disappointed… that idiots, who think they are helping, but they are outsiders. They are lunatics.”
When asked if talks would continue on Sunday, he added: “I hope so, but Willie Walsh was harangued and left the building quickly, understandably.”
Unite members of BA cabin crew are set for a five-day walk-out from Monday unless an agreement can be reached”.