News

Mick Lynch Clashes With Another Tory In Tense TV Debate, Winning Over More Fans

Mick Lynch has once again impressed Twitter after his TV appearance last night taking on a Tory backbencher in this week’s strikes.

The general secretary of the RMT Union has quickly made a name for himself over the past week for his scathing reactions to fellow guests and journalists when pressed about the rail strikes.

Addressing the RMT boss on ITV’s Peston last night, Conservative MP Robert Jenrick said: “Since Covid you have lost 20% of passengers on the railway.”

“I didn’t lose her, Covid lost her,” Lynch clarified.

Jenrick was quick to say that “it’s not your fault and the railroad’s fault,” while Lynch also noted, “We’ve been running trains all along.”

Ignoring that point, the Tory backbench claimed: “We have to encourage those people to come back. The worst way to do that is to piss people off, go on strike and make life much harder for them.”

Lynch didn’t hold back on his response.

He said: “The worst way to do it is to insist that fares go up by half, which rips commuters off, but you won’t give workers half the attention.

“Ticket prices increase by half the retail price index every year. Those are the state regulations.

“Last year the train operators made a profit – £500m from your subsidiary went to these companies.

“First Group and Go Ahead, with whom we are negotiating, are both facing acquisitions by private equity firms.

“They will be worth billions because they know you will continue to pour public money into private operators.

“Just as you do health, education and care.”

Jenrick tried to hit back: “What has actually happened in the last two years is that large parts of the railway have actually had problems. So the idea of ​​this siphoning off profits to the private sector is ridiculous.”

But Lynch’s no-nonsense response to the conservative backbench was quick to garner praise on Twitter.

Lynch’s name was even starting to trend, with many admirers pointing out how he clashed with talkTV’s Piers Morgan over the RMT boss’s own Facebook photo.

The second series of strikes is taking place today – as workers battle job losses, working conditions and wages – and only 20% of train services are expected to be operational.

The 3% salary offer remains on the table and the RMT has accused Transport Secretary Grant Shapps of “smashing negotiations” and not letting Network Rail withdraw threats of termination.

Shapps claimed this was a “total lie” and said the union was responsible for “massive disruption”.

The RMT is still pushing for a pay rise of at least 7% to offset the cost-of-living crisis while the government seeks to change the law to allow agency workers to intervene during industrial action.

If no agreement can be reached, a third day of strikes is expected on Saturday.

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/rmt-mick-lynch-skewers-tory-backbencher-rail-strikes_uk_62b417bde4b06594c1dfa6ab Mick Lynch Clashes With Another Tory In Tense TV Debate, Winning Over More Fans

Linh

Pechip.com is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – admin@pechip.com. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Related Articles

Back to top button