'An RMT victory will be a magnificent boost to all workers and a blow to the fat cats'

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'An RMT victory will be a magnificent boost to all workers and a blow to the fat cats'
'An RMT victory will be a magnificent boost to all workers and a blow to the fat cats'

Threadbare attack on striking rail workers

A constant characteristic of Des Morgan’s letters to the Advertiser is this: He constantly misses the point to bolster some threadbare, pro establishment talking point.

His attack on rail workers is no exception. The Swindon residents, who Des projects his opposition to the strikes on to as he seeks to appoint himself their spokesperson, may have low wages but that has nothing to do with rail workers.

If rail workers decided to give half their wages away it wouldn’t boost the wages of those Des calls on one penny.

Indeed, employers would point to the splendid philanthropic act on the rails and would lower the wages of other workers.

Rail worker members of the RMT are resisting attacks on their conditions, including but not exclusively wages, and similar attacks are being faced by others including those Des mentions.

An RMT victory will be a magnificent boost to all workers and a blow to the fat cats who have benefitted richly from the wealth transfer to the rich from the rest.

I am convinced that if those workers Des refers to fought, striking to prevent further wealth transfer from workers into the pockets of the rich, Des would dream up, (or more probably absorb from the Tory tabloid press as he did with his grossly inflated estimate of what rail workers earn), all manner of excuses to oppose them too.

Peter Smith

Woodside Avenue

Councils should remember not everyone is on a smartphone

I have just paid the garden waste recycling fee: this used to be easy online, however it now requires a one-time pass code. (What possible fraud there can be in paying the Council I can not see). Unfortunately the 'phone only rang twice and rang off so this was not possible.

I had to ring Wiltshire Council whose website does not list the number. Having found that by Google and rung one is given four options, customer services is "4", that does not work you have to enter "0".

Having been on hold for 15 minutes I finally spoke to a very helpful lady who processed the payment and emailed a receipt rapidly.

Please can various authorities not assume we all can afford or want "Smart Phones" and any way do not have mobile reception in the room with my computer.

Bryan Simmons

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