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27.11.12

RMT wants to ‘tool up hundreds of militant reps’

The RMT national education centre has had its new extension officially opened in Doncaster. The organisation is embarking on a programme to further educate representatives, which it said will “drive the RMT’s brand of industrial trade unionism deep into workplaces the length and breadth of the land”.

The extension will add capacity and allow for 100 of extra activists. They will now be able to attend courses to become more successful workplace representatives.

TUC general secretary-elect Frances O’Grady formally opened the extension to the centre on Friday.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “RMT is not only opening expanded education facilities today but is also sending a warning to both the boss class and the political class that this trade union is building for the future with plans to train up and tool up hundreds of new militant activists who will drive the RMT’s brand of industrial trade unionism deep into workplaces the length and breadth of the land.

“RMT has taken the decision to invest heavily in training and education as the building block for the future which will see this organisation expand and build in the teeth of the relentless assault on jobs and working and conditions unleashed under the umbrella of austerity.

“RMT is taking the tried and tested union slogan ‘Agitate, Educate, Organise’ and placing it in the most modern and well-equipped facilities at our expanded Doncaster centre as we look to the future and learn from the past.”

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Mikeyb   27/11/2012 at 16:20

Bob Crow's sole agenda is renationalisation, so I suppose if he can educate every railwayman/woman in the ways of making things difficult for the TOCs, he might get his wish if the private-sector eventually give up on the railways. However, his plans could backfire if we see a return to the bad old days of 40-odd years ago when industrial relations between BR and ASLEF/NUR were at a low ebb.

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