Belfast Telegraph

Rail, Maritime and Transport union backs Brexit to halt 'attacks' on jobs

A leading rail union is advising its members to vote to leave the European Union to halt "attacks" on jobs and conditions.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union set out a series of arguments for Brexit, saying n ew EU rail policies were set to entrench rail privatisation, making it impossible to bring the industry back into public ownership.

The union added that the EU has promoted undercutting and social dumping leading to the "decimation" of UK seafarers, and was developing a new policy framework to attack trade union rights, collective bargaining, job protections and wages.

Leaving the EU would put an end to austerity and halt the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade agreement, said the RMT.

General secretary Mick Cash said: "RMT is proud to stand up for the tradition of progressive and socialist opposition to the European Union, an organisation wedded to privatisation, austerity and attacking democracy.

"It would be frankly ludicrous for a union like ours to support staying in a bosses club that seeks to ban the public ownership of our railways, attacks the shipping and offshore sectors and embraces the privatisation of the NHS and other essential services that our members depend on.

"RMT has set out the six core reasons for our members to vote to leave and we will be campaigning hard on this platform."