Mick Lynch: who is RMT Union boss and what is his salary?

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In a statement, Lynch said the government must seriously make an offer.

Britain is being rocked by a spate of train strikes this summer.

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Passengers are advised to avoid all but unnecessary travel as widespread disruption is expected.

RMT union leader Mick Lynch was the face of the strike, speaking to the media and negotiating with the government behind closed doors.

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Speaking to Sky News in July, Lynch said union members would “not hesitate to strike again”.

Here’s everything you need to know about who Mick Lynch is.

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Who is Mick Lynch?

Lynch was born in 1962 and grew up in Paddington, west London.

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Mick Lynch, General Secretary of the RMT, speaks at the 2022 Durham Miners Gala (Image: Getty Images)

Born to Irish parents, the 60-year-old left school at 16 to become an electrician before moving into construction.

In 1993 he started working at Eurostar and became a member of the RMT Union.

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He has steadily climbed the ladder over the past two decades, serving two terms as deputy general secretary before being elected permanent general secretary in May 2021.

What did he say about the rail strikes?

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The union leader was at the forefront of the strike and has much to say on the matter.

The Secretary General said: “Rail companies are making profits of at least £500m a year while fat Cat Rail bosses have been handed millions during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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“Railway workers have been treated appallingly and despite our best efforts in negotiations, the rail industry, with government support, has not taken their concerns seriously.

“We have a cost of living crisis and it is unacceptable that railway workers either lose their jobs or face another year of wage freeze when inflation is at 11.1% and rising.

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“Our union will now launch an ongoing campaign of industrial action that will shut down the rail system.”

Why are there rail strikes?

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The RMT union called on its members to go on strike in response to workers’ wages and concerns about layoffs.

A quiet Central Station in Glasgow, Scotland (Image: Getty Images)

They called for a pay rise of at least 7% in line with the current cost of living crisis.

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Lynch explained why the workers had to go on strike: “We haven’t had any raises, we’re facing thousands of job cuts and they want to tear up our working conditions in the form of internal hiring and reinstatement to the railroad.

“If there is no agreement, we will continue our campaign. I think there will be a lot more unions going to the polls across the country because people can’t take it anymore.”

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Lynch said: “The rail industry and government need to understand that this dispute is not going to just go away.

“They must seriously make a salary offer that will help address the cost of living crisis, provide job security for our members and provide good working conditions.

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“Network Rail’s recent proposals have fallen far short on pay and safety around maintenance. And the EVU didn’t even make us a salary offer in the last negotiations.

“We remain open to talks, but we will continue our campaign until we reach a negotiated settlement.”

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What is his salary?

Lynch currently earns a salary of £84,000.

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In an interview with Piers Morgan on TalkTV it was claimed he was making £124,000 a year.

However, the union leader denied these claims.

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Lynch shook his head and explained that “the whole package is Social Security, taxes and pension contributions.”

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