Has the RMT union's moderate Mick Cash turned militant?

Has the RMT union's moderate Mick Cash turned militant?

Strikes and disputes have led to crisis in the railways. But the RMT says a fluke of timing is to blame as fights come to a head at once

Even for a union that has never been shy of a fight, it has been a busy week. As a conductors’ strike on Southern rail left hundreds of thousands of commuters struggling, the Rail, Maritime and Transport workers’ union announced that its members on Virgin Trains East Coast had also voted to strike. It followed up by calling a walkout by train managers on Eurostar.

General secretary Mick Cash, elected to succeed Bob Crow after the union’s leader died suddenly in 2014, was perceived as a moderate. Soon after taking the top job, he told the Guardian: “I got taught early doors, pick your fights.” But is Cash’s RMT more militant than ever?

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Source: Guardian Transport

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