RMT rail union members around the country are striking this week to defend their pay, terms and conditions – and to defeat a government and rail operator plan to close every ticket office in the country – a plan that would leave many struggling to buy the most cost-effective ticket and put vulnerable rail users in danger.
Skwawkbox spoke to workers at the picket line at Liverpool’s Lime Street station where one, Carl, explained what’s really going on in the dispute and contrasted it with the lies and propaganda being pushed by the government, its media allies and the ‘sockpuppet’ so-called ‘passenger groups’ who have been given airtime to mouth anti-worker lines unchallenged all day:
To his shame, Keir Starmer publicly repudiated the strike and ordered his front bench MPs to stay away from picket lines – an instruction that to their credit many MPs and some front-benchers have defied today. As usual, Starmer is completely out of step with the public mood – and even with the editors of some usually right-leaning newspapers:
Absolute solidarity with the workers. If you would like to contribute to their strike fund, visit rmt.org.uk or scan the code below: