FBU and RMT join ASLEF and BFAWU in supporting MP’s leadership bid

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Jeremy Corbyn at the Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival. Image from Marsha Jane Thompson

Jeremy Corbyn at the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival. Image from Marsha Jane Thompson

Two more unions have backed Jeremy Corbyn’s bid for Labour leadership.

BFAWU and ASLEF have already announced their support for Corbyn, and today the FBU and RMT agreed to do the same.

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “Jeremy Corbyn is a natural choice for us as a staunch defender of the rights we in the trade union movement have fought so hard for. The FBU is not affiliated to the Labour party but the question of who leads Labour is obviously of great importance to all workers. Jeremy Corbyn should be the obvious choice for trade unions.

“We hope that under his leadership we would see a shift in focus away from the accumulation of wealth for the few, towards policies for the majority.

“We need to see investment in essential services from a leader who values and supports public sector workers, who isn’t willing to continue the game of Russian roulette that has been played with public safety since 2010 through unprecedented cuts to services and jobs.

“We believe Jeremy Corbyn is the right person to do that. We welcome the fact that Jeremy’s announcement has opened a debate about challenging the Tory cuts agenda and other real political issues facing the majority of people in the UK today.”

And the RMT has this evening added their backing.


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