Karl Turner supports Unite Cabin Crew Workers in their struggle with British Airways

Karl Turner joined striking cabin crew from British Airways’ mixed fleet outside parliament yesterday to show solidarity with the workers who are involved in a long running dispute over pay and the sanctioning of striking cabin crew.

Workers have been in dispute with British Airways over pay and raised the issue of ‘wet leasing’, a practice of undermining striking workers with temporary crew and fleet from other airlines.

Speaking after the event, Karl Turner, Shadow Minister for Aviation said “I am proud to give my support to striking British Airways workers in their struggle for fair pay and conditions.

“This is a long running dispute and I am shocked that British Airways have chosen to undermine striking workers through wet leasing and taking on temporary crew.

“Unite the Union have done some great work in support of these striking cabin crew and it is about time that British Airways recognised their hard work”.

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Karl Turner with Labour MPs who are supporting BA workers
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Jeremy Corbyn welcomes Karl Turner MP to Labour’s Shadow Transport Team

Karl Turner MP has joined Labour’s Shadow Transport Team as Shadow Minister for Shipping, Aviation and Road Safety.

Karl got straight into the action yesterday responding for the frontbench for the Air Travel Organiser’s Licensing Bill in Parliament. You can see Karl’s response here.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, said: “I am pleased to welcome Karl Turner to the Shadow Transport team. With his strong family connections to the shipping industry, and as MP for a key maritime constituency, I know he will be a strong addition to the team.”

Karl Turner, Labour’s new Shadow Transport Minister, said: “I am delighted to join the Shadow Transport team led by Andy McDonald. Coming from a city that is crying out for better transport investment and with a strong shipping heritage I know all too well the challenges that our country faces when it comes to transport. I look forward to getting stuck in and taking on the Tories”

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