The RMT rail workers’ union has elected Mick Lynch as its new general secretary, in a result just announced.
Lynch acted briefly as a stand-in general secretary after the departure of previous incumbent Mick Cash, but stood down to take time off because of stress.
Rail workers have been heavily impacted by the pandemic yet received no priority for vaccination.
Lynch’s election statement to members read:
Our members and our communities face tremendous challenges in the period ahead, the greatest of which, apart from the health crisis itself, is preserving their jobs, pay, conditions and their health and safety in the workplace.
We also have to guard against attacks by government and others in the transport services and energy sectors on which our members’ jobs depend.
The success of our union depends on maximum unity and focus across our organisation making sure that we concentrate on those challenges rather than turning in on ourselves.
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