Dear Chief Secretary to the Treasury,
I'm afraid to tell you there's no money left.
Signed, Liam Byrne

(Outgoing Labour Chief Secretary to the Treasury. May 2010)

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

World rule and a theme song?

Is this what Mr Brown meant when he talked about 'world government'?
BA strike could go global as Unite enlists support of U.S. union Teamsters

Unite leaders will today meet with one of the most powerful trade unions in the U.S. as they dramatically escalate the British Airways strike.

Unite is to hold talks with Teamsters, just one of the overseas unions to offer its support for their controversial walkout due to start in days.

The 'International Brotherhood of Teamsters' has more than 1.4million blue-collar members in the U.S. and gained notoriety when its leader Jimmy Hoffa went missing in 1975 after a meeting with a mob boss.

Unite has also enlisted unions in Germany, Spain and Italy to an international campaign of militancy that could cause chaos at airports around the world.

Union sources say action from overseas unions could make it impossible to clean, service and refuel BA planes.

This would undermine attempts by BA to keep aircraft in the skies and lead to more misery for the public, who already face massive disruption to flights over Easter.
and from here
Last night the American union said in a statement: “We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters at Unite who are fighting for a fair contract at British Airways.”

Its involvement followed conversations between Tony Woodley, Unite’s joint general secretary, and James Hoffa **, the leader of the Teamsters.
And is this to be Unite's election theme tune?

James Hoffa - son of Jimmy Hoffa, who vanished in 1975 and was declared 'legally dead' in 1982.


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