Mick Lynch urges RMT members to campaign for Labour election win

RMT leader Mick Lynch
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The general secretary of the Rail and Maritime Transport Workers union Mick Lynch has urged his members to campaign for a Labour victory at the general election.

Mr Lynch, who has become a household name in recent years during the cost of living crisis and periods of industrial action, has spoken out with just under a month to go until the election.

And while the RMT leader said his union - which is not affiliated to any political party - will challenge Labour on its direction, he made clear that a Labour government is the only way forward at this time.

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He said: "It is objectively in the interests of working people to get the Tories out which means getting a Labour led government in, and our members will need to campaign and vote accordingly.

"Labour is supporting key policies, such as the New Deal for Working People, which includes repealing the 2016 Trade Union Act and Minimum Services legislation.

"Labour is also supporting public ownership and reintegration of large parts of the railway, removing the ban on publicly owned buses and improving seafarers’ rights."

But the RMT boss warned there will be "no blank cheques doe Labour", adding: "We also challenge Labour to provide an alternative, coherent and credible economic strategy that radically challenges the current orthodoxy on spending and borrowing so that we can properly fund our industries and public services."

Mr Lynch said his union was "appalled" and condemns the approach the Labour leadership has taken towards the conflict of Palestine.

He added: "Protections for our members and the delivery of progressive polices are delivered, as always, by our union and the wider trade union movement being prepared to fight for progressive change. We will continue to fight to protect our members’ jobs and conditions. Our fighting political and industrial approach will continue before the election and after the election.

"A Labour government increases our prospects of successfully fighting to improve our members’ interests."

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