RMT says it has formed a cross-Atlantic alliance with a “like-minded” transport union to target major operators based in UK and N America

Tim Lezard

RMT 39 signThe RMT has announced an alliance with a sister union in the United States in order to target what it says are “union hostile” transport giants such as First Group and Stagecoach, which operate on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) says both unions will also cooperate on safety issues and on a global strategy promoting the right of workers to organise unions and bargain to improve their working lives.

“This is an important step for everyone who works in the transport industry on both sides of the Atlantic,” said TWU International President James Little.

“It means the voices of working men and women will be heard loud and clear in the U.S. and the United Kingdom.

“With privileged elites in both countries demanding ‘austerity’ for us while enjoying record profits and lavish lifestyles, there’s never been a better time for workers to join hands across borders and across the ocean to build a stronger, smarter, and more sophisticated international labour movement.”

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “This is great news if you work in transport in the U.S. or the U.K.

“But if you’re a corporate executive who doesn’t want to treat workers fairly, or a government official who doesn’t understand the value of public employees…watch out.

“We’re stronger today than we were yesterday.

“We’re going to pool resources, share research and conduct joint campaigns to advance the pay, pensions, health care and working conditions of transport workers on both sides of the Atlantic.”

“This is the right move at the right time,” said James Little.

“Our members face many of the same employers and the same wrong-headed government policies. Together, we can be a more effective voice for working people.”

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