Keir Starmer draws union backlash on Wednesday night, sacking the front bench who joined striking railroad workers on picket line.
He moved quickly to fire Sam Tarry after the shady transport minister ignored orders by doing TV interviews with strikers in London.
He came as Aslef announced another strike on Saturday, August 13 Nine railway companies are affected. on top of scheduled promotion this Saturday.
Meanwhile, the unions expressed dissatisfaction government plans tighten laws on Industrial Activity, with RMT leader Mick Lynch suggests that he back a general strike if Liz Truss becomes prime minister on a platform for “virtually prohibiting collective action”.
BUT package of measures set out in transport secretary Grant Shapps – supporter of Rishi Sunak’s attempt to replace Boris Johnson as prime minister was condemned by the TUC as “anti-democratic” while Unite said it would met with “fierce and prolonged resistance” of the workers.
Sir Keir warned party shadow ministers on Tuesday not until join picket lines on a one-Day strike of RMT members in search of a better offer.
“The Labor Party in the opposition must be the Labor Party in powerStarmer said. who was ridiculed by Tories for lack of punishment for such an action during the previous round of strikes. “AND government does not go on picket lines, and government trying resolve controversy.”
A Labor spokesman said: “This is not about the emergence on picket line. Members of front bench sign up to collective responsibility. This includes media performances are approved and performed in agreed positions on the front bench.
“How government-in- waiting, any violation of collective responsibility is taken extremely seriously and for for these reasons Sam Tarry was removed front bench”.
But Mr Tarry, former official of transport TSCA union who helped run Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership campaign said he was ‘proud’ join striking railroad workers.
“It has been an honor for me to serve on Labor front bench for in past two years and be able to speak up for hard- pressed workers who deserve much better than the treatment they received from this corrupt and out-of-touch government”said the MP for Ilford South.
“I remain committed to supporting striking railroad workers and agitation for labor victory in next general the choices that I will fight for ruthlessly from back benches”.
And he warned the Labor leadership on “straight collision well” with unions over blows, opening in Interview with BBC called him from seven union general secretaries – six of their affiliated with in party – who “outraged” about his dismissal.
TSCA general secretary Manuel Cortes said that Mr. Tarry “did the right thing and stood shoulder to shoulder”. with striking railroad workers for justice and safety in work”.
“The Labor Party must wake up up and smell the coffee,” he said. “If they think they can win in next general elections, pushing away seven million trade union members, they are delusional.
“We expect attacks from the Tories, we do not expect attacks from our party. As a labor union our union ashamed of actions of Labor Party leadership and anti-worker anti-union the message he sends out.
“It bad day for our movement. And if Keir Starmer doesn’t understand basic concept of solidarity on what was our movement built then he is unworthy of leading our party”.
Writing in Daily TelegraphMr Shapps said he wanted to complete “unfinished business” of Margaret Thatcher on a leash in union power.
After the adoption of the law on allow in use of agency workers strikebreakers, he set out plans for additional measures, including:
- Ban on strikes by various trade unions in the same workplace set period
- Limit of six pickets at critical sites and ban on awesome language
- Requirements for new ballots on every fight of strikes and at least 50 percent threshold compared to 40 percent of those who are entitled to vote currently
- Increase in minimum notice for a two to four week strike
- Minimum service levels during a strike on critical infrastructure such as a railroad
“Default strategy adopted by RMT et al. in industrial relations – their casual, habitual, brutal use of strike weapons – must end,” Mr. Shapps said. “Only then will this country progress to the high-performing and high-paying 21st century economy in the interests of all workers.”
TUK general secretary Frances O’Grady described Mr Shapps’ illness. package how ” attack on the fundamental right to strike… anti-democratic and anti-worker.”
“Bye millions are struggling to pass, ministers fall over myself to try to find new ways to restrict workers ability to bargain for higher pay,” she said.
As well as general secretary Sharon Graham said: “If Grant Shapps had his way we would still be in workhouse”.
Description current cost of life crisis as latest episode in together-term war on standard of living of workers,” Ms. Graham said, “I won’t apologize for demand and enforce a fair wage increase for my members and any action to effectively remove ability hit will met with fierce and prolonged resistance.
Earlier this week, Ms Truss promised “strong measures to prevent trade unions from the paralysis of the country” if she becomes prime minister, including legislation to introduce a minimum level of service on critical national infrastructure.
She is also promised to raise the vote thresholds 40 to 50 percent to do it more difficult for union bosses to ensure support for Industrial Activity.
Mr. Lynch predicted “an enormous response from trade union movement” if Ms Truss plans went ahead saying that his union would back a general strike, but admitted that it was decision for TUK.