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18th Aug 2022

Mick Lynch makes rapturous speech as Enough is Enough campaign gathers momentum

Danny Jones

Mick Lynch speech RMT

It is his second rousing speech in as many days

Mick Lynch was met with cheers and rapturous applause following his speech at last night’s ‘Enough Is Enough’ rally in Clapham Grand, London.

The Secretary-General of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers Union (RMT) was one of four speakers at the launch event for the campaign on Wednesday, August 17, including right-hand man Eddie Dempsey, MP for Coventry South, Zarah Sultana, as well as author and political columnist, Michael Rosen.

As you can see in the clip below, Lynch declared that “the working class is back and we refuse to be poor anymore”.

Citing other witnesses on Twitter, the RMT figurehead and current emblem helping drive forward the present trade union momentum is also said to have the Conservatives “assumed that our members and all workers wouldn’t fight for our rights, but they were wrong”

Speaking on the current Tory leadership race as well, he remarked that the options of Liz Truss and Chancellor Rishi Sunak are both “short straws for the working class”.

He drew his speech to a close by urging “every union, community organisation, every grassroots organisation — whatever it is — to fight back against this austerity”, adding that since this current administration “act in their class interests, it’s time to act in our class interests”.

This wasn’t his only address to fellow trade union members and those expressing their dismay with those currently overseeing a national cost of living crisis, as Lynch also closed a public meeting in Glasgow on Tuesday evening in front of a packed out crowd.

Echoing similar sentiments as those delivered in London, he was also met with a standing ovation and thunderous applause, declaring: “We refuse to be meek… victory to the workers.”

Admitting that the Enough Is Enough campaign “never started off as a political movement“, he also stated that he believes that the mood of the country has now made it one.

We sat down and a pint with the man himself and Assistant General Secretary Eddie Dempsey a couple days back. Here’s what we get talking about:

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