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Far-left US Senator Bernie Sanders rages over class war at RMT-organized rally

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Far-left US politician Bernie Sanders joined Labor MPs and militant union bosses last night to declare class war and urge workers to continue on strike.

In a furious diatribe, the US senator spoke at a meeting in London organized by the RMT rail union. He said he ‘applauded’ the ‘inspiring’ union barons in attendance for inflicting crippling strikes in Britain.

Sanders told the crowd to “stand up to the demagogues” and “bring working people together in the fight for justice.” He added: “Our job internationally right now is to stand together, our job is to bring people around the world together to make it clear to the oligarchs that their time and their power is running out.”

RMT boss Mick Lynch told the rally: “Every public service we’ve built since World War II is now under attack.”

This comes as the union barons turned against Sir Keir Starmer yesterday by targeting the annual Labor conference with new strikes.

Far-left US politician Bernie Sanders joined Labor MPs and militant union bosses last night to declare class war and urge workers to go on strike

In a furious diatribe, the US senator spoke at a meeting in London organized by the RMT rail union.  He is pictured with RMT President Mike Lynch

In a furious diatribe, the US senator spoke at a meeting in London organized by the RMT rail union. He is pictured with RMT President Mike Lynch

This comes as union barons turned against Sir Keir Starmer yesterday by targeting Labor's annual conference with new strikes

This comes as union barons turned against Sir Keir Starmer yesterday by targeting Labor’s annual conference with new strikes

The TSSA union said 7,000 workers for Network Rail and nine train operators covering most of the country would be out for 24 hours as of Sept. 26.

Obviously, the timing was chosen to coincide with the Labor conference in Liverpool, which will run from September 25-28. The militant RMT rail union could also target the event.

Meanwhile, the train drivers’ union, Aslef, announced a workers’ strike for 12 operators on September 15. There are 15 main operators controlled by the Ministry of Transport that cover the country meaning it will shut down most of the lines. TSSA boss Manuel Cortes urged Labor MPs to defy party leader Sir Keir by leaving the conference and joining picket lines.

Union barons, who have donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to Labour, are furious with Sir Keir for refusing to support senior MPs joining strikers.

Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham on Tuesday became the latest Labor figure to defy him by saying he would join the RMT picket lines this winter.

Sir Keir told Jeremy Vine on Channel 5 yesterday: ‘I totally understand why people are voting to go on strike. I understand how hard it is for them – wages have been stagnant for the better part of ten years, we have a cost of living crisis, so prices are rising.”

But when asked if he would join the TSSA’s picket lines, he replied, “No. I want a Labor government, I want to be a Labor Prime Minister. You can’t sit around the cabinet table solving problems and then walk through to a picket line, those are different jobs.’

The TSSA represents network rail traffic controllers, who assess whether trains can run safely, and station staff. Major routes will be affected, including those on the major East Coast and West Coast trunk lines. Among the nine operators affected is the TransPennine Express, which affects travelers going to the conference from northern cities. Avanti West Coast, which links London and the Midlands to the North West, will also be affected.

Cortes blamed the Transport Secretary, adding: “Grant Shapps’ dead hand is preventing train operators from making meaningful offers.

“He sits on the other side of the negotiating table with our union, or he goes out of the way to let the railroad bosses negotiate freely with us.”

Aslef’s strike will have a greater impact as drivers cannot be replaced by backup personnel. The boss, Mick Whelan, said: ‘Train companies forced us. They want drivers to make real cutbacks – work just as hard this year as last year, but for 10 percent less.’

Mr Sanders said that he

Sanders said he ‘applauded’ the ‘inspiring’ union barons in attendance for inflicting crippling strikes in Britain

Mr Sanders told the crowd to

Mr Sanders told the crowd to ‘stand up against the demagogues’ and ‘bring working people together in the fight for justice’

The RMT, which represents signalmen and guards, has the mandate to call strikes by Network Rail staff and employees for 14 train operators. It should have two weeks’ notice so that it has time to call strikes to coincide with the TSSAs.

All three unions want inflation-related wage increases. RMT boss Mick Lynch warns that concerted action could backfire next summer if their demands are not met.

The transport ministry said unions had opted for “self-defeating strike action over constructive talks”.

REVEALED: The ‘fat cat’ rail bosses who will receive up to £4.2m in pay packages this year… as passengers face record increases, cancellations and strikes

Train owners are lining up to receive multi-million pound pay packages this year as passengers face record increases, cancellations and strikes.

A study by the Daily Mail shows that some executives could earn as much as £4.2million despite a year plagued by poor punctuality, technical work and the worst strikes in decades – with more to come.

The government saved the railways at a cost of £16 billion during the pandemic, meaning taxpayers’ money has helped subsidize the bumper wage packages. And next year, passengers can expect fare increases of between 6 and 8 percent — the largest ever.

Despite all this, Graham Sutherland, the CEO of FirstGroup, is eligible for a compensation package of up to £3 million.

Graham Sutherland (pictured), the CEO of FirstGroup, is eligible for a compensation package of up to £3 million

Graham Sutherland (pictured), the CEO of FirstGroup, is eligible for a compensation package of up to £3 million

Go-Ahead boss Christian Schreyer (pictured) could earn up to £1.37 million this year.  This is because passengers have to deal with record lifts, cancellations and strikes

Go-Ahead boss Christian Schreyer (pictured) could earn up to £1.37 million this year. This is because passengers face record increases, cancellations and strikes

Rupert Soames (pictured), chief executive of Serco, which operates the Caledonian Sleeper and partly runs the Merseyrail, could earn £4.2million if he meets his performance goals

Rupert Soames (pictured), chief executive of Serco, which operates the Caledonian Sleeper and partly controls Merseyrail, could earn £4.2million if he meets his performance goals

The company owns 70 percent of Avanti West Coast, which canceled one in six services in the four weeks to July 23. It has also reduced services between Manchester and London until further notice.

Go-Ahead boss Christian Schreyer could make up to £1.37 million this year. Go-Ahead owns 65 percent of Southern, Great Northern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express. Rupert Soames, chief executive of Serco, which operates the Caledonian Sleeper and partly controls Merseyrail, could earn £4.2million if he meets his performance goals.

Tory MP Greg Smith, who sits on the House of Commons Transport Committee, said: ‘I don’t mind big pay packages… even getting a seat on the rush hour trains.’ A spokesperson for the Rail Delivery Group, which represents all operators, said: ‘We have to pay salaries to attract the best talent.’

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