Labour MPs back Greedy Union Strikers causing misery across UK
Around 40,000 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at Network Rail and 13 train operators have walked out in a bitter dispute over their demands for more pay.
Commuters across the country are facing chaos and misery during the biggest rail strike in a generation
Criminal barristers have become the latest group to vote for strike action. The Criminal Bar Association, which represents lawyers prosecuting and defending those accused of crimes in England and Wales, said members had backed a plan for 14 days of action between 27 June and 22 July.
The following is a list of every sitting Labour MP who has received donations from the RMT:
- Angela Rayner
- John McDonnell
- Rachel Maskell
- Lisa Nandy
- Jo Stevens
- Matt Rodda
- Dan Carden
- Lloyd Russell-Moyle
- Grahame Morris
- Diane Abbott
- Ian Mearns
- Clive Lewis
- Cat Smith
- John McDonnell
- Ben Bradshaw
- Alex Cunningham
WHAT THE STRIKERS EARN
Grant Schapps, Secretary of State for Transport of the United Kingdom, came under fire by greedy Unions for revealing the current salary of the average striker is also above the national average: “The average train driver earns £59,000, the average rail worker earns £44,000, the average nurse, £31,000.”
The average signaller earns £44,000, according to Network Rail. The average pay for a maintenance worker is £31,000, and the overall average for Network Rail RMT members is £36,000.
Middle managers at individual train companies in roles such as planning and procurement can typically earn anything from £55,000-£95,000, with directors on £100,000-£200,000.
Almost half of Network Rail staff earn more than £40,000, with more than a thousand employees earning £80,000-£120,000.
The average salary is £59,000 across the national rail operators. Drivers are on different pay scales at different companies, but the regional variations on the mainland range from £51,000 in Wales to £71,000 for drivers on LNER’s East Coast trains. Most do some overtime, with Sunday shifts usually voluntary.
Drivers on the French SNCF-owned Eurostar earn more, at £77,000 a year.
Network Rail’s chief executive, Andrew Haines, earns £588,000.
The chief financial officer, Jeremy Westlake, is the second highest earner at £415,000.
Tim Shoveller, Network Rail’s chief negotiator in the current talks, along with five other route managing directors, earns £335,000.
The salary of Steve Montgomery, representing train operators as the chair of the Rail Delivery Group, and director of UK rail for FirstGroup, the biggest rail operator, is undisclosed, but six train company bosses report to him, making his likely earnings somewhere between £300,000-£400,000.
Strikers are demanding a 7% pay rise.
A group of union leaders threatening to spark a summer of discontent in Britain are raking in six-figure pay deals - some four-times higher than the workers they are leading to the picket line.
Analysis shows how union chiefs are taking home staggering salaries, topped up with bumper benefit packages - including in some cases travel costs, personal cars and sizeable pension contributions.
Despite preaching 'solidarity' with working class people, some are earning upwards of £100,000-a-year - more than double the salary for an average UK worker.
Manuel Cortes (TSSA) - Remuneration package: £121,773
Mick Lynch (RMT) - Remuneration package: £124,000
Kevin Courtney and Mary Bousted (NEU) - Collective remuneration package: £266,830
Dr Patrick Roach (NASWUT) - Remuneration package: £185,111
Dr Chaand Nagpaul (BMA) - Remuneration package: £203,633
Dave Ward (CWU) - Remuneration package: £143,000
Gary Smith (GMB) - Remuneration package: Not publicly available yet as he only took over last year. Believed to be six figures. His predecessor Tim Roache received a bumper £288,000 package in his final year but before that the figure was around £110,000.
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