TRANSPORT union RMT kept the fighting spirit of its late, great leader Bob Crow alive yesterday by calling for co-ordinated strike action against job cuts and savage working conditions.
As delegates gathered for the union’s annual conference in Bristol, acting general secretary Mick Cash called for a united trade union movement to strike back at the Con-Dem onslaught.
“This is the first RMT annual general meeting since the death of our general secretary Bob Crow, but the fighting, militant organisation that was built under Bob’s leadership remains in place,” declared Mr Cash.
He cited “a wave of recent disputes” from London Underground to Heathrow Express and ongoing campaigns to defend members' jobs, pay and working conditions.
Reiterating calls under RMT’s long-held policy of co-ordinated and generalised strike action, Mr Cash said it was encouraging to see it gaining traction the length and breadth of the union movement.
This year RMT will fight against rail franchising, demand investment in modernisation and capacity and continue the battle against zero-hours contracts and casualisation, Mr Cash indicated.
He paid tribute to “our friend and comrade” Gerry Conlon, one of the Guildford Four wrongly jailed for the 1974 Guildford pub bombing, who died from cancer on Saturday aged 60.
Mr Cash added: “Gerry’s death has hit us hard but his courage and determination will remain an inspiration to all of us fighting for truth, justice and equality.”