RMT staff walk out on their own UNION after accusing bosses of questioning their ‘integrity’

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RMT staff walk out on their own UNION after accusing bosses of questioning their ‘integrity’ – forcing its annual conference to end early

  • A faction of the union reportedly called RMT members ‘scum’ following a vote
  • The action forced RMT’s annual conference, being held in Leeds, to close early 
  • Workers at the union’s headquarters in London also stopped work yesterday 


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Staff at the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union have walked out over an internal dispute, forcing its annual conference in Leeds to close early.

Workers at the union’s headquarters in London also stopped work yesterday following the outcome of a recent internal appeal.

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It came after a faction of the union reportedly called fellow RMT staff ‘scabs’ and ‘scum’ following a vote at the meeting.

A letter penned by the aggrieved staff read: ‘Our integrity as staff has now been called into question by our own employer.

‘As lifelong trade unionists who proudly work for the RMT, this is utterly unacceptable – an injury to one is an injury to all.

‘We have consulted our GMB reps and, with their support, have determined we can no longer continue to work at this AGM and will consider our position further in respect of the AGM going forward.’

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General Secretary Mick Lynch (pictured) said he was working to resolve the dispute 'as soon as possible'

General Secretary Mick Lynch (pictured) said he was working to resolve the dispute ‘as soon as possible’

General secretary Mick Lynch wrote to his members: ‘I have been advised that our head office staff have entered into dispute with the union and have collectively decided to take industrial action today.

‘That will mean that I am without administrative support or services until further notice.

‘I will be seeking discussions with the GMB representatives and their trade union officials as soon as possible in order to address the issues and the situation.

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‘I hope you will understand that there won’t be an ability for head office to respond or provide services at this time.’

He added that he was working to resolve the dispute ‘as soon as possible’.

It comes after RMT and ScotRail reached a deal on Wednesday to avert train staff striking during the COP26 climate summit, being held in Glasgow from Sunday.

The RMT trade union had demanded a 2.5 per cent pay rise backdated to April, and a so-called ‘COP26 payment’ for all staff in its final negotiating position.

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The union confirmed the planned industrial action would be ‘withdrawn immediately’ after an agreement on a pay rise was reached. 

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