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Union solidarity? June 20, 2022

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Thanks to the person who spotted this.

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1. benmadigan - June 20, 2022

says all you need to know about Sir Keir Starmer.

Yesterday he said that ‘the strike should not go ahead’ because it would inconvenience the public

https://skwawkbox.org/2022/06/20/video-starmer-betrays-striking-workers

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2. Aonrud ⚘ - June 20, 2022

There really needs to be more disaffiliation going on…

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3. Wes Ferry - June 20, 2022

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4. sonofstan - June 21, 2022

Open goal for anyone on the front bench who fancies the leadership: go out on the picket line/ resign/ start leadership bid.

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Wes Ferry - June 21, 2022

Seen a few Labour MPs and council leaders openly declaring in defiance of Starmer and Lord Blunkett that they’ll be joining rail station picket lines.

BBC Scotland News Sunday night interviewed four couples at Edinburgh rail station about the strike. All of them naturally said they didn’t want the strike to go ahead but ALL of them said they could see why the rail workers were striking – including the businessman who has to fly from Edinburgh to London on Tuesday instead of taking the train but still sees the strikers’ viewpoint.

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sonofstan - June 21, 2022

Mick Lynch effortlessly winning the media battle.

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Wes Ferry - June 21, 2022

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WorldbyStorm - June 21, 2022

Absolutely brilliant. I see she tried to spin that he was flustered – what a crock.

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Mick 2 - June 23, 2022

Flustered, okay, as in visibly confused as to why he has to explain to a high-ranking journalist the basics of how a picket works.

The English media is off the charts…

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Tomboktu - June 23, 2022

explain to a high-ranking journalist the basics of how a picket works

Ah, it wasn’t really that. She wasn’t asking him because she doesn’t know. She was asking him because not all her viewers know and she was hoping he would describe it in a way she could manipulate.

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Tomboktu - June 23, 2022

explain to a high-ranking journalist the basics of how a picket works

Ah, it wasn’t really that. She wasn’t asking him because she doesn’t know. She was asking him because not all her viewers know and she was hoping he would describe it in a way she could manipulate.

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banjoagbeanjoe - June 22, 2022

Open goal for anyone on the front bench who fancies the leadership: go out on the picket line/ resign/ start leadership bid.

So, Angela Rayner – is she a bit left of Starmer? (She has to be surely!). And could she win a leadership contest?
What’s the state of play with the right’s gutting of democracy in the BLP wrt leadership contests? Have they fixed it so the membership won’t ever be able to elect an even slightly left leader ever again? Or is there still a way?
(You would think, but of course you’d probably be wrong, that Starmer being so utterly rightwing and useless, that a lefter candidate might be in with a shout if there was a leadership contest in the next while…)

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5. NFB - June 21, 2022

Umm, it’s the “Labour” Party Keir…

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Wes Ferry - June 21, 2022

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6. Miguel62 - June 21, 2022

I get really annoyed when I hear things like this strike shouldn’t go ahead. The only reason a strike shouldn’t go ahead is if the reasons for the strike are fully and comprehensively sorted out. They’re not. So it should go ahead. All the more so because the UK has destroyed and run down its industrial dispute resolution mechanisms ever since the Thatcher era got under way.

And another thing. Easy to criticise the UK but Ireland doesn’t have any laws preventing employers from bringing in agency staff to break a strike either.

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7. yourcousin - June 21, 2022

Salvation is found in solidarity, not politicians. Kudos to those who support pickets. Victory to the RMT.

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8. sonofstan - June 21, 2022

Guardian reporting that Angela Rayner has joined a picket line. He can’t sack her as deputy leader is elected by members.

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WorldbyStorm - June 21, 2022

Good on her. And the question remains if the BLP won’t step up now then when?

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sonofstan - June 21, 2022

Richard Burgon just being asked on the World at One if he thought that, because lower paid workers entitled to benefits were having their fuel costs subsidised at the moment that they should settle for a lower pay claim. That was a serious question, apparently.

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WorldbyStorm - June 21, 2022

FFS. What a question.

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mal - June 21, 2022

And I thought the Tories wanted to get people off benefits?

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9. C B - June 21, 2022

Everytime you think Starmer’s leadership has reached its lowest ebb he drops the bar even further.

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sonofstan - June 21, 2022

Unfortunately, I suspect there’s further to fall.

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10. tomasoflatharta - June 21, 2022

British Labour MP’s back rail strikers https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-61878745

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11. Michael Carley - June 21, 2022

Sky News losing the plot.

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Michael Carley - June 21, 2022

And an interview with Mick Lynch that is well worth hearing, especially on Irish immigration in London.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0017zw9

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Wes Ferry - June 21, 2022

Excellent Mick Lynch interview (even if it is Nick Robinson) and thanks for the heads-up, Michael C.

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banjoagbeanjoe - June 21, 2022

It’s telling me BBC iplayer not available to people outside the UK. Is there a way around that? I’m in Dublin.
Will I have to put an aerial on the roof to intercept the signal like we used to long ago?

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C B - June 21, 2022

Just listening to the interview there. Thanks for the link Michael BTW. It you go into any podcast app ( Podcast Republic, itunes, Spotify etc.) you’ll find the show and the interview. He’s a very polished media performer. Very sharp and handled himself very well today in the various TV interviews.

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Liberius - June 21, 2022
Michael Carley - June 22, 2022

BBC Sounds (the audio only app) works outside perfidious Albion.

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Miguel62 - June 21, 2022

Absolutely brilliant interview by Lynch! The calmness under pressure is mighty:-)

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12. Wes Ferry - June 21, 2022

At least Scottish Labour Party leader Anas Sarwar joined the RMT rail pickets.

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13. sonofstan - June 22, 2022

Unison are on strike at my university – they represent most of the professional staff, librarians, student services etc. as well as cleaners and technicians.
What’s been great is how many younger staff are out on the picket line – it gives a lie to the idea that trades unions are the preserve of old white lefties. It’s the right who are re-fighting the ’80s, not us.

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14. Paul Culloty - June 22, 2022

Evidently, Les Mis haven’t heard the people sing:

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