Mick Lynch

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Person.png Mick Lynch  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(trade unionist)
Mick Lynch.jpg
BornJanuary 1962
NationalityIrish

Employment.png General Secretary of the RMT

In office
May 2021 - Present

Michael Lynch, known as Mick Lynch, is a British trade unionist who has been the General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) since May 2021.[1]

Early life

Mick Lynch was born to Irish parents in London in 1962 and grew up in the Paddington area.[2] He left school at the age of 16 and qualified as an electrician.

Mick Lynch worked in construction and joined a trade union, but found himself illegally blacklisted as a result. In 1993, unable to find work in construction, he began working for Eurostar, and became active in the RMT. Twenty years later, he received a large settlement for the illegal blacklisting.[3]

Trade unionist

Joining comrades on a GMB picket line

Mick Lynch served two terms as Assistant General Secretary of the RMT, and two terms on its executive. In 2020, after General Secretary Mick Cash took time off due to ill health, Lynch was appointed as the acting General Secretary but stood down after a few months, accusing members of bullying and harassment. This accusation was similar to Cash's. Lynch won an election for the permanent role of General Secretary and took up the position in May 2021.[4][5]

2022 Rail Strikes

As part of the media coverage of the RMT's 2022 strikes, Mick Lynch gained widespread attention for his performances in interviews and debates on the BBC, Sky News and ITV[6]

The pundits and politicians facing him off adopted the curious position that unions are the real enemy of the worker, framing the RMT as intransigent dinosaurs holding rail-reliant ‘ordinary people’ to ransom. But who, exactly, are ordinary people? Rail workers could well be joined by teachers and nurses later this year if public sector pay and conditions don’t improve. It’s unlikely that we’ll see media bosses and MPs going on strike because they can’t afford the cost of living. Yet the spectre of the ‘British public’ is used as a shield by mouthpieces of the wealthy to attack organised labour.[7]

Backing Starmer

Addressing the RMT rally at King's Cross Station

On 26 June 2022, WSWS reported:

Speaking at the London rail strike rally outside King's Cross Station on 25 June 2022, Mick Lynch managed to stun his audience into silence with what he called a “message to people in our movement, Keir Starmer and others”.

Starmer, said Lynch, is “hesitating… but I want him to be prime minister. That’s what we’ve got. He must win. We’ve got to push him and persuade him to get into a position where he’s in the front rank with you, all of you.”

The shock generated is understandable. Starmer has not hesitated at all; he stands in the front rank of the rail strike’s opponents. This week he took the unprecedented step, one that Tony Blair would have balked at, of forbidding Labour MPs from visiting picket lines. He is now deciding how to punish those very few, some 25, who refused.

Lynch’s decision to back Starmer as all that “we’ve got” and the leader of a future Labour government is aimed at keeping the working class under the thumb of a viciously right-wing party.[8]

October 1st

On 20 September 2022, RMT tweeted:

RMT to strike across the rail network on October 1st. Railway workers on Network Rail and 14 train operating companies will take strike action on October 1st in a row over job security, pay and working conditions.[9]



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