In August Gate Gourmet, a US-owned firm, sacked workers at Heathrow Airport, London, who provide airline food for British Airways and replaced them by scab labour.
In scenes reminiscent of the balaclavas and guard dogs escorting workers from the waterfront here in 1998, seven hundred Heathrow workers were fired over five hours, many with three minutes notice over a megaphone in the company's car park. They were replaced by a smaller number of temporary workers.
Gate Gourmet serves both as a warning and as an example to the Australian labour movement. Other Heathrow workers have taken action illegal action in solidarity.