The RMT (National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers) is widely recognised as one of the more radical – and rapidly growing – unions in the UK. In 2004, it disaffiliated from the Labour Party because of its dissatisfaction with right-wing policies of Tony Blair.
Its members have now been offered the opportunity to vote to re-affiliate, in recognition of the Labour Party’s new direction under Jeremy Corbyn – and its branches have until 18 May to meet and vote on the issue.
The re-affiliation of the RMT would be a sore blow to the right wing of the Labour Party. With 83,000 members and a strong track record of fighting for its members rights and wellbeing it will strengthen the left’s hand and have a serious argument for at least one NEC delegate.
Labour MP Chris Williamson has released a video laying out the compelling reasons for RMT members to organise and vote for the move – not least, Labour’s hugely popular plans to renationalise the UK’s rail services and the party’s support for the RMT’s similarly popular ‘Keep the Guard on the Train’ campaign, as well as the chance to influence the next Labour manifesto:
With the Labour Party under new management, the RMT has the chance to help shape the course of history through re-affiliation. ↓ pic.twitter.com/OqaUosfGn4
— Chris Williamson #GTTO (@DerbyChrisW) May 7, 2018
Watch and share this video to make sure RMT members are aware of the vote and the convincing reasons to support the re-affiliation.
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