Mick Lynch says Irish people said his message ‘really resonates’

The UK transport union leader has been told by Irish people that his message “really resonates” with them and they would like to see the same message from their own unions and politicians. ing.

Mick Lynch, general secretary of the Rail, Shipping and Transportation (RMT) union, made headlines in June after giving a series of media interviews about the rail workers’ strike held over wages and conditions. This is the biggest railway strike in a generation.

Mr Lynch said his father left the city of Cork in 1941 to travel to England to find work, and his mother, from Coe Armour, is in Cork this weekend.

He spoke to the Second Captains Program on Saturday about his loyalty to the sport, his Irish heritage and being a trade unionist.

When asked if he was recognized during the trip, Lynch said, “Yeah, we had some selfies.”

“I’m wearing a hat. I try to cover it up a bit, but it’s like, ‘Is that Mick Lynch? And all that.

“At the first bar I walked into, the bartender said, ‘Are you Mick Lynch,’ and several people came up to me.

“It’s so great that people want to say hello and it’s great what they say.

“They say, ‘Keep going,’ ‘What you’re doing resonates with us,’ ‘Can you keep doing that?’

“People keep asking me to come back and speak at different events, and it’s all very good. So I want to keep it all going.”

He said: “But if something goes wrong or the tide turns a little the other way around, I know your stock could go up one week and be very down the next. I know very well.”

Mr Lynch said the RMT unions were “satisfied” with the reaction of British and international public opinion to their message “including in Ireland”.

He added: “A lot of people in contact with us say it’s inspiring and people are struggling in many areas of society, so they’re asking unions and politicians to do the same.” I say that I really want it.”

Talking about his Irish roots on the show, Mr Lynch said that the area of ​​West London where he grew up had a strong Irish contingent and was called ‘County’ Kilburn.

he said: For us it was like going to mass. Being a union activist was the same as being from West London. ”

About joining the railroad union, Lynch said he initially intended to keep a low profile, but as the railroads were privatized, “Gab’s genius took over” and he began recruiting people for the union.

“When you see the ball, you should kick it sometimes,” he said. Mick Lynch says Irish people said his message ‘really resonates’

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