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Global picketline: a recent success Airline industry campaign 2011 - 2014 On 27 September 2011, Philippines Airlines (PAL) locked out 2,600 workers in an outsourcing dispute. Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA) courageously resisted. On 30 October 2011, QANTAS grounded all its international and domestic fl ights in an effort to defeat the unions in a long-running pay dispute. QANTAS declared that it was locking out members of the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA), the Transport Workers Union (TWU) and the Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA). In May 2012, the Turkish government introduced changes to the law that would effectively ban aviation workers from joining a union. Members of Hava Is, the union representing aviation workers in Turkey including those working for Turkish Airlines, protested this move. 305 workers were sacked as a result. While the Turkish government didn’t succeed in smashing the union, Turkish Airlines (TA) still refused to negotiate with Hava Is, resulting in a 6-month strike. With this succession of attacks in the airlines industry, international solidarity in the form of connecting the struggles and joint action seemed necessary in order to win. Joint Organising The fi rst step was creating a platform for international meetings. An international airlines campaign was formed and participants met over Skype regularly. Global Picketline - Asia Workers Organising - aawl.org.au 15


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