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PremierLeague-News.Com - RMT boss Mick Lynch revealed he has modelled his approach on National Union of Mineworkers boss Arthur Scargill, who fought Thatcher in the 1980s. He added that strikes could go till 2023

Daily uk news Are we on the brink of a 'YEAR of discontent'? RMT's Lynch takes the mick by threatening 12 MONTHS of mass rail strikes unless demands are met... as militant union boss compares himself to 1980s firebrand Arthur Scargill PremierLeague-News.

PremierLeague-News.Com - RMT boss Mick Lynch revealed he has modelled his approach on National Union of Mineworkers boss Arthur Scargill, who fought Thatcher in the 1980s. He added that strikes could go till 2023

Daily uk news  Are we on the brink of a 'YEAR of discontent'? RMT's Lynch takes the mick by threatening 12 MONTHS of mass rail strikes unless demands are met... as militant union boss compares himself to 1980s firebrand Arthur Scargill PremierLeague-News.
19 June 2022 - 09:30

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Militant RMT boss Mick Lynch tonight revealed nationwide travel chaos could drag on well into 2023 - as he compared himself to Thatcher's foil Arthur Scargill and said he's 'nostalgic' for the era of the Miners' Strike.Lynch gave a fiery speech to union members at Parliament Square on Saturday afternoon in which he declared 'class war' and accused his opponents of trying to 'butcher the working class'. Having voted in favour of strike action last month, RMT members are permitted to take part in walkouts till November.Extending that six-month mandate would mean stretching the nationwide travel chaos well into 2023. Lynch said he is more than willing to do so. Mike Lynch said last night he'd be more than willing to extend the RMT strike window into 2023, prolonging the disruption National Union of Mineworkers boss Arthur Scargill took on Thatcher in the mid-1980s - and was defeatedHe told the FT: 'We will renew the mandates until we get a settlement to the problems in the dispute.'Until there is a settlement there will be a campaign of strike action, and other unions will join us . . . I expect there to be more strikes.'And in a second interview this weekend, Lynch revealed he has modelled his approach on Arthur Scargill.He said: 'I’m nostalgic for the power that we had and more nostalgic for the control and values that we had', The Sun reported.Lynch added: 'People talk about the Winter of Discontent and the excesses of the trade union movement as it was styled and characterised. They had good reason for that because they had very powerful unions.'I’m nostalgic for the balance we were creating. I think society was becoming rebalanced in the 70s.'The RMT chief's pay and perks package is worth just under £125,000. Unite, Unison, RMT and TUC members gathered at Parliament Square on Saturday afternoon to protest the cost-of-living Lynch was on fiery form at Parliament Square, asking MPs: 'Which side are you on?' RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next End of the line: Plans for ALL rail ticket offices are to... Starmer DOES support strikes: Sir Keir accused of hypocrisy... Now teachers and NHS staff 'threaten to strike over pay':... Hard-left RMT rail union boss Mick Lynch asks Keir Starmer... Share this article Share In a furious rant earlier on Saturday, Lynch urged Labour MPs to ‘stand up and fight with us’ at a rally attended by the party’s deputy leader, Angela Rayner.More than 40,000 members of RMT will stage 24-hour walkouts on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in a dispute over proposed job losses and their demand for pay hikes that will keep pace with inflation. Only one in five trains will run on the three strike days, but services will also be hugely disrupted during the rest of the week.The number of trains travelling London to Glasgow on Tuesday will be slashed from 17 to just four, with the last departing at 1.30pm. The number from London to Birmingham will fall from 82 to eight and between Manchester and Leeds from eight an hour to just one.Network Rail and RMT negotiators will hold last-ditch talks today but hopes of any breakthrough appear to have vanished after Lynch’s speech at the We Demand Better march organised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in Central London. Lynch challenged MPs not backing the strikes: 'Which side are you on? Stand up and fight' Thousands gathered at Parliament Square for the TUC-organised rally against the cost of living Starmer (right) appeared with Labour allies on Wakefield doorsteps today, opting to get out of London as the rally took placeAppearing on a stage in Parliament Square, he said: ‘There is no compromise that has been given to us and the message is clear: we are in a class struggle now.’Challenging Labour MPs to back the national strike he added: ‘Are you going to be with us or are you going to sit on the sidelines while these Tories butcher the working class all over this country? Stand up and fight with us or get out of the way.’The firebrand suggested that no deal has yet been offered to the union during talks. ‘We have got nothing to settle with,’ he said. ‘We will keep this strike going until we get a settlement.‘The campaign is on.

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. The struggle is on. Who’s with us? The working people are with us. We are the working people of this country. Together we are unstoppable. Get up and fight or live on your knees.‘The struggle is on. Bring it on. This is the fight of our lives. Stand up and fight. Victory to the RMT!’The incendiary speech was met with dismay by Network Rail bosses who have described negotiating with the far-Left union as like ‘dealing with people stuck in the 1980s.’ Labour's deputy leader Angela Rayner attended the rally. Keir Starmer is in Wakefield today TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said Grant Shapps could find himself redundant One senior Network Rail source said: ‘The chances of finding a way through this are slim.‘The rhetoric I have seen from Mick and the RMT doesn’t exactly fill us with rosy expectations.’Lynch’s tirade will renew pressure on Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer to unequivocally condemn the strike. His deputy Angela Rayner, dressed in an animal print jumpsuit, yesterday joined the march, along with fellow Opposition frontbencher Wes Streeting. Ms Rayner later posted a ‘selfie’ picture with TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady with the caption: ‘Proud to march together.’Demonstrators carried placards emblazoned with slogans including ‘If our pay doesn’t rise we will’ and ‘wages up, bills down, Tories out’. At least one carried a Soviet flag.Despite Lynch’s suggestion that no deal was on the table, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that the RMT last week rejected a pay offer from Network Rail worth potentially more than 3 per cent – the same as nurses and other NHS staff are expected to be offered. The huge rally was attended by thousands of union members across the country, including from as far as Glasgow (pictured)Network Rail’s negotiators offered signallers and maintenance staff a two per cent hike, plus an additional one per cent if productivity targets are hit. A further cash bonus was also offered if working practices were overhauled, but the offer was immediately rejected. ‘There was frustration it didn’t land as well as we hoped it might,’ the Network Rail source said.‘For a lot of other public workers that would be a decent recognition of their hard work but we recognise that the RMT want more – and we want more in terms of our ability to modernise the railway for the future. If there can be some more compromise there, then there could still be a deal to be had.’Hospitality bosses predict the strikes will cost the sector more than £500 million as it recovers from the pandemic, with spending expected to fall 20 per cent in towns and cities.The strike will also cause chaos for those travelling to a string of high-profile events during one of the busiest weeks of the summer and is set to create huge traffic jams as millions take to the roads to get to work. Simon Williams from the RAC said: ‘The train strikes are going to put a lot more pressure on the road network. People will have to get up early to try and beat others using the roads.’ Lynch, described as a 'hard-nosed negotiator', addressed the crowd of hundreds earlier on Striking rail workers are expected to form picket lines outside rail depots and stations across the country, including at King’s Cross, Euston and Liverpool Street station in London, amid fears that staff who agree to work will face intimidation. The Mail on Sunday understands that British Transport Police and private security companies have been put on standby in case violence breaks out.Meanwhile, parents voiced their anger as tens of thousands of GCSE and A-level students face disruption to their exams. Seventeen GCSE exams are due to be held across the country this week, while A-levels including English, maths and science, are also scheduled.Mother-of-five Caroline Farrow, a writer and campaigner, lambasted the RMT on Twitter, writing: ‘There are no words for the contempt many parents, students and schools hold you in, for striking on days when A-levels are taking place.’Becky Barnham said her 16-year-old daughter had to catch two trains to get to her school in Cheam, South West London, where she is sitting GCSE chemistry and physics exams during the strikes. ‘The uncertainty is making us think about booking an Airbnb where her school is,’ Ms Barnham said. London Victoria Train station has been flooded with holidaymakers ahead of the strike  Union members are set to walk out most of next week, bringing rail networks across the country to a grinding halt One RMT leader chants as they take part in the 'We Demand Better' rally, which began near Oxford Street and ended in SW1 Publishing manager Robyn Haque’s 15-year-old daughter, who is sitting her GCSEs, endured a two-hour journey between her East London home and her school in South West London, earlier this month amid an RMT strike on the Underground.‘Pupils have had quite a disrupted last two years and to deal with this strike on top is just more stress,’ she said.At the heart of the dispute is pressure to rein in the ballooning cost of the railways as passenger numbers remain about 75 per cent of pre-Covid levels. Since the start of the pandemic, the Government has pumped more than £16 billion into the network, the equivalent of more than £600 a household.  Read more: Subscribe to read | Financial Times National rail strike: Union boss admits longs to be a modern-day Arthur Scargill — dragging UK back to strife of 1970s | The Sun DM.later('bundle', function(){ DM.has('external-source-links', 'externalLinkTracker'); });

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