Union boss Mick Lynch has called for a year of coordinated strikes across the economy to force a redistribution of wealth and “restore balance to society”.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union leader gave a speech yesterday as he joined striking Royal Mail staff on the picket line.
Addressing workers at a rally, Mr Lynch said ‘billionaires, millionaires, shareholders and big business’ were making workers foot the bill for the woes of British society.
He added: “We need a summer of solidarity and a spring of solidarity if it is to continue next year.
‘The CWU, Unite, GMB, RMT and the others, we must appeal to the whole movement […] to get in on this action, to motivate members and call them to the flag and vote yes for a wave of industrial action across the UK and internationally if that’s what it takes, because we must restore balance in society.
“And not being dictated to by people in Eton and Harrow telling us we have to give up our pay and give up our place. We’re not going to have it.
Union boss Mick Lynch (pictured at a rally on the first day of the Royal Mail workers’ strike) has called for a year of coordinated strikes across the economy to force a redistribution of wealth and ‘restore the ‘balance in society’
Members and supporters of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) gather outside the Mount Pleasant Mail Center on the first day of the Royal Mail workers’ strike
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The RMT strikes this month followed several more days of action earlier in the year when half of the country’s rail network was shut down and service was cut to a fifth of normal levels.
They were joined by workers from the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) and train drivers’ union Aslef, who took action in Greater Anglia and the Croydon Tramlink.
Chiltern, Northern, TransPennine Express and London Tramlink train drivers also voted to strike, meaning more hardship for commuters across England.
A British Airways strike was threatened but called off last month after an improved wage offer was made.
The NAS/UWT teachers’ union will vote against members unless the government backs demands for a 12% pay rise. A salary award for 2022/23 is due in November.
The National Education Union said it would vote for its 460,000 members if a pay rise in line with inflation was not offered by the government.
Unison, which represents NHS staff, said strikes were possible unless the annual wage offer for them was not close to the rate of inflation. The British Medical Association, which represents doctors, also said it would brace for a ballot unless junior doctors receive a ‘remedial’ 22% pay rise.
The Royal College of Nursing also demanded a pay rise of 5% above inflation.
The Public and Commercial Services Union, which represents civil service workers, will hold a vote in September on wages, pensions and layoffs.
Unions Unison, GMB and Unite have said local government staff in England, Wales and Northern Ireland should receive a pay rise of at least £2,000 each. Workers include garbage collectors, library staff, teaching assistants and caregivers.
Unite said it would support “any action” by workers to secure a pay rise.
Royal Mail staff walked out yesterday and will walk out again on August 31, September 8 and September 9 after being elected by the Communications Workers Union.
The union also sent ballots to BT workers, including engineers, contact center staff and overweight retail workers. It could lead to the company’s first strike since its privatization in the mid-1980s.
More than 100,000 Royal Mail workers quit on Friday after rejecting an offer for a 5.5% pay rise, and will do so again on August 31, September 8 and September 9 after 97.6% of members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) voted in favour. of trade union action.
Letters will not be delivered and some parcels will be delayed in what is described as the biggest summer strike yet.
The union also has a mandate to continue the action for six months, meaning the strikes could drag on into January, affecting the crucial Christmas period as well as the busy Black Friday weekend.
Dave Ward, CWU General Secretary, said yesterday: ‘There is no doubt that postal workers are completely united in their determination to get the worthy and appropriate pay raise they deserve.
“We cannot continue to live in a country where bosses rake in billions in profits while their employees are forced to use food banks.”
He condemned Royal Mail’s adjusted operating profit for the year ending March 2022 of £758m and its decision last November to pay shareholders £400m in dividends.
Royal Mail said it had contingency plans in place to minimize disruption and prioritize delivery of medical prescriptions, special delivery and 24 tracked parcels on strike days.
But he said shipments posted the day before a strike, the day or days after could be disrupted and the company advised customers to send parcels and letters as soon as possible.
It is the latest in a series of protests across the country this summer, with litter bin strikes underway in more than 20 council areas in Scotland and strikes planned over the August bank holiday on buses operated by London United.
It comes after the RMT oversaw widespread strikes on the rail network this month and earlier in the year which brought the country to a standstill.
It emerged this week that train drivers at Chiltern, Northern, TransPennine Express and London Tramlink have all voted to strike, meaning more hardship for commuters across England.
Members of the Aslef union will quit their jobs amid a long-running dispute over pay and conditions, it was announced this afternoon.
The union said the results of the votes, which were overwhelmingly in favor of the strikes, show “how angry our members are”.
No date has yet been set for the strikes on the Chiltern, Northern and TransPennine Express routes.
Drivers and other union members will stage industrial action on Croydon-based London Tramlink on September 12.
This is likely to spell more misery for commuters trying to get to work, who have already faced multiple strikes in recent months, with unions demanding wage increases and guarantees over terms and conditions. pensions.
Union boss Mick Lynch wants a YEAR of coordinated strikes across the economy