Union Advises Members To Back Brexit: EU Does Not Help Workers

In days gone by, before public relations departments ruled and unions had to have trendy names and designer logos, the robustly named National Union Of Railwaymen was one of the most intransigently militant trade unions.

Obviously something of that legacy remins because the Railwaymen’s Union, now the non-gender specific National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has urged its members to vote in favour of Britain leaving the European Union (EU) in June’s referendum, contradicting the advice of the sissified, gay BLT friendly, pro – mass immigration, anti British Trades Union Congress (TUC) leadership.

The RMT recommended that its members reject the advice of the General Secretary of the TUC and vote for Brexit in the upcoming European Union (EU) In/Out referendum because, the Financial Times reports, the union told its 80,000 members:

“It’s a myth that the EU is in favour of workers.”

The RMT general secretary, Mick Cash, said the union is “proud to stand up for the tradition of progressive and socialist opposition to the European Union, an organisation wedded to privatisation, austerity and attacking democracy.” He could have mentioned the upholding on Nazi traditions too, but that ought to be obvious to anyone with half a brain.

As a general objection, the union argues that the EU attacks collective bargaining and other workers’ rights in economic reform deals foisted on Member States that have received financial bail outs, such as Greece.

The desperation of the EU ruling bureaucracy to push through the so called free trade treaty with the USA, The Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) which has little to do with trade and everything to do with shifting power over national sovereignty away from elected bodies and to corporate lawyers, ought to be more than enough proof of this.

More specifically for its members, the RMT also claims that EU policies entrench privatisation, making the renationalisation of British railways impossible, and have “decimated” the UK’s maritime industry through undercutting. The Express reports Mr. Cash expanding on his pro-Brexit argument, saying:

“It would be frankly ludicrous for a union like ours to support staying in a bosses’ club that seeks to ban the public ownership of our railways, attacks the shipping and offshore sectors and embraces the privatisation of the NHS and other essential services that our members depend on.”

Because of the move from rail to road transport The RMT is not one of the most powerful trade unions and no longer has the potential to bring the country to a standstill, but it is still a force to be reckoned with. As General Secretary of the TUC, Frances O’Grady recently urged workers to vote to stay in the EU, warning that leaving would jeopardise a whole raft of rights that pro-Remain campaigners from the left of politics claim have been granted and guaranteed by membership of the politico-trading bloc. This is bollocks, as the TTIP treaty mentioned above would give corporate business the ability to overturn workers rights and employment protection laws.

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