RMT boss Mick Lynch savages ‘so-called liberals’ at strikes Bill demo

RMT boss Mick Lynch joined thousands of protesters demonstrating outside Downing Street in “absolutely freezing” temperatures against a controversial new Bill on

strikes. Lynch hit out at “so-called” liberals for branding unions “unreasonable” for causing travel chaos with pay demands and stoppages. The legislation would see

the right to strike restricted by imposing minimum service levels. Under the draft Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill, bosses would be legally able to fire employees who

ignore a “work notice” ordering them to work on days of industrial action. Lynch, of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, and Dave Ward, of the Communication Workers

Union joined the gathering on Monday evening. Members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union and Unison were also present at the demo which coincides with the

Bill’s second reading in Parliament. Protesters chanted “f*** the Tories” and “the people united will never be divided”. Others banged drums as they gathered in

Westminster. Lynch told Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer to avoid trying to be a “vanilla politician in a vanilla suit” and back workers’ rights. He said: “There are

some people missing tonight. You get this every time you hear me. “We’ve got Jeremy (Corbyn), he’s with us, we’ve got SNP MPs, we’ve got Caroline Lucas from the Green

Party. “But there’s a big question – where’s the Labour front bench tonight? “Come and stand with us … stand up for socialism, stand up for workers and let’s change

this going forward.”