RMT boss hits back at critics in corporate media with no-nonsense, no-nonsense attitude.
Yesterday, while announcing a new round of strikes in front of the media, a Daily Mail reporter asked Mick Lynch if he was proud to be known as “Mick Grinch”.
The RMT chief coolly replied in his typical blunt style: “I expect that from you. This is the kind of quality journalism I expect from a dark corner of Fleet Street.
He went on to say, “I’m not a Grinch, I’m a union official and I’m determined to get a deal.”
The the clip quickly went viral on social media, people are sharing their solidarity and admiration for the union boss.
“Mick is such a class act. They try to knock him down with their nonsense and he just bounces it right back without skipping a beat.” Twitter user wrote.
“Well said Mick Lynch. What a fantastic union leader. He is absolutely right about the pernicious Daily Mail. “The hideous cloth belonging to ‘Lord’ Rothermere!” someone said.
Someone else answered: “I absolutely love that man Mick,”
The RMT union has announced a series of winter strikes, including two 48-hour strikes in mid-December and two more in the new year.
Thousands of members of the RMT, who work for Network Rail and 14 train operating companies, will strike on December 13-14 and 16-17. Additional holidays in the new year will take place on January 3-4 and 6-7.
The union also announced that there would be a ban on overtime over the Christmas period, from December 18 to January 2.
The industrial action was called after talks broke down with the Rail Delivery Group, which represents Train Operating Companies. The RMT said the operators had refused to deliver their “promised written offer” in an ongoing dispute over jobs, pay and conditions. Mick Lynch accused the government of directly interfering in the negotiations.
The announcement of a new wave of rail strikes came as 1,000 members of Unite, who work for bus company Abellio in London, walked out. The next strikes with the participation of bus drivers should be held on November 25 and 26 and on December 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17. Unite says Abellion has “failed to engage in meaningful pay negotiations”.
Predictably, the anti-union right-wing press has no qualms about publishing derogatory “Mick Grinch” stories.
“Mick Grinch: Militant union boss Mick Lynch wreaks havoc with crippling train strikes over Christmas and New Year,” he wrote. Sunnext to a picture of a union leader looking like the Grinch.
Gabrielle Pickard-Whitehead is editor of Left Foot Forward
Image credit: Twitter screen capture
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