Labor leaders warned to stay away from pickets on the day before of the biggest rail strike since 1989.
While employees prepare to participate in RMT strike on Tuesday, Keir Starmer office told Shadow Cabinet members that “show front bench leadershipshould not to be on picket lines.
Order from the leader office said: “We have reliable lines. We are not want to see these beats to go ahead with resulting in violation public. government have failed study in any negotiations.
“However, we also must show leadership, and to this end, we remind you that the front benches, including [parliamentary private secretaries] should not to be on picket lines.
“Please speak to all members of your team to remind them of this and confirm with me that you did it.”
Reported memo published by Politics Home comes on the day when general secretary of RMT said the country was facing wave” of strikes and that Labor should to be in harmony with It.
RMT strike begins on Tuesday, with further stops on Thursday and Saturday mean only part of services will run on Great Britain network. London Underground services will also face huge disruption on Tuesday how employees will walk out in another dispute.
On Monday, Mick Lynch told reporters that “[Labour] must find way connect to the working class people in working class communities so they can get votes back. They must find their message. They gotta find some politicians who get back where he works people are.
“So, Keir Starmer and his team must work a way how they can connect with this and how they can ride this wave of resistance and are in harmony with It. Instead of standing on one side and I’m waiting for someone to tell them what to do.”
move represents the Laborites trying publicly distance yourself from trade unions under Starmer, in contrast to Jeremy Corbyn, where party was closely associated with the leadership of Len McCluskey of Unite.
Rail union Aslef and the Fire Brigade Union (FBU) voted in favor of it. year on withdraw from the Labor Party, but both decided to continue the association.
Some members of parliament, including Zara Sultana and Paula Barker, said they would supporting striking workers on picket lines, but none of the shadow ministers said they would disrupt the order.
general secretary of Unite, Sharon Graham, told PA Media: “The Labor party was founded trade unions, and we expect Labor MPs to defend the workers in word and deed. Instruct Labor MPs not to be on picket lines with workers talk about a lot.
“You do not lead hiding. Not one respects it. It’s time to decide whose side You on: working or bad bosses?
Manuel Cortez, general secretary of Transport Workers Association, whose members already vote for strike later this year said: “This is ridiculous nonsense from party which was created trade unions. Solidarity is what our movement is about.”
Work party declined to comment.