Hypocritical front-bencher says a ‘categorical no’ to support for strikers in two separate interviews on Sunday
Front bench Labour MP David Lammy made it absolutely clear that he and his boss are ‘categorically’ not prepared to back workers striking to protect their jobs and pay – and in the process he betrayed at least five unions and disowned the RMT, whose magnificent solidarity has electrified the nation.
In the course of two short interviews Lammy:
- said ‘a categorical no’ to supporting workers in their fight
- refused to back workers from the RMT, CWU, NEU, Unite and Unison
- talked about workers battling for inflation-matching pay increases after years of real-terms pay cuts as unrealistic and unreasonable
- dismissed British Airways workers for supposedly demanding a pay rise – just seconds after his interviewer had been perfectly clear that they were trying to reverse a 10% pay cut imposed during the pandemic now that travel is again burgeoning and the airline is thought to be about to announce it is again in profit
- claimed no ‘serious party of government’ would be seen on a picket line, even though fifty Labour MPs defied Keir Starmer and stood with striking workers last week – and despite Lammy’s own presence on picket lines in the past
Lammy has not been sacked from his role as Shadow Foreign Secretary, so it is clear that he was expressing Keir Starmer’s position. He was, however, rightly censured by Labour members in his constituency:
Under Keir Starmer, Labour is dead as a party of the working class. The unions betrayed (again) today must quickly take steps to end their affiliation with the party and to cut all financial support of Starmer’s shameful and already near-bankrupt outfit, as the Bakers’ union has already done.
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