A senior official of the largest rail employees’ union has been elected as the brand new common secretary.
Mick Lynch, 58, beat three different candidates to guide the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, the place he has been assistant common secretary for various years.
He replaces Mick Money, who stated he was retiring after blaming a “marketing campaign of harassment” towards him by factional teams inside the union.
Mr Lynch, who has been within the union for 30 years, was blacklisted by the development trade earlier in his profession for commerce union actions.
The election was triggered after Mr Money introduced final October that he was standing down, citing a marketing campaign of bullying and abuse inside the union which he stated made it inconceivable for him to do his job.
Mr Money had been elected after Bob Crow died immediately in 2014.
Mr Lynch stated: “I’m tremendously honoured to have been elected by the RMT’s members as common secretary.
“I’ll maximise the unity of our nice organisation, bringing collectively each sector and grade to construct our union’s membership, affect and energy. We are going to develop our union in each office as a powerful and dynamic pressure.
“Our message to the employers and the politicians is that RMT stands able to marketing campaign and combat towards pay freezes, cuts to security and situations.
“We name on the remainder of the Labour motion to face sturdy and mobilise towards any new age of austerity which makes working individuals pay for the Covid disaster.”
Mr Money stated: “I wish to congratulate Mick Lynch on his victory and I do know that with Mick now elected as RMT common secretary that the union is in secure fingers.
“There might be large challenges within the months forward as employers launch assaults on jobs, pay and pensions utilizing the Covid pandemic as an excuse.
“It’s essential that the entire union now unites behind Mick Lynch as common secretary and offers him the help that he’ll want as RMT focuses on delivering for our members in what we all know might be powerful days forward.”