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The effect of international solidarity in the struggle After 26 months on the picket line, and nearly a year of negotiations, a settlement was reached in late 2013 which should see PALEA members returned to regular employment. A year and a half after the 305 TA workers were sacked, Hava Is reached an agreement that saw their reinstatement on 3 January 2014. Many factors contributed to these outstanding wins, including local organising, the tenacity of the workers, union leadership and effective strategy. The ITF participated through jointly run campaigns with Hava Is and PALEA and rallying international ITF affi liates. The effect of international solidarity cannot be underestimated. The actions organised through the international airlines campaign connected on-the-ground union activists with one another and built the overall message that this is one struggle. How AAWL developed the campaign A regular forum for discussion was set up in the form of Skype meetings involving the right people around the table. For our campaign these people were unionists from the civil aviation sector (airlines and airports) in Manila, Mumbai, Istanbul, Toronto, Seoul and Melbourne. Much of the planning for the international days of action and other activities was done at these Skype meetings. The campaign structure that was used: Coordinator, someone to oversee the whole project Liaison offi cers, people to make phone calls to solidarity partners and help organise Skype meetings. Researchers, people to map the airline industry disputes globally and identify promising new contacts. Union affi liates, unions affi liated to AAWL. Union delegates, delegated to the campaign by the union affi liate. Solidarity partners, workers, unions and labour movement organisations that join together in campaigns. Global Picketline - Asia Workers Organising - aawl.org.au 17


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