Dear Off The Rails
It was great to see RMT members and supporters out on the streets during the Rail Against Privatisation (RAP) mobile demonstrations. Even better to hear Bob Crow at a rally following one such event in Nottingham calling for the formation of a workers' party.
Was this the signal for a welcome change of heart on the part of the General Secretary regarding the union's political direction? Or was it a purely verbal ploy to maintain his left-wing credentials knowing full well that the following speaker; a general election candidate for the Socialist Green Unity Coalition, was going to make just such a case?
If history is anything to go by, I'd have to plum for the latter conclusion. Last year's AGM made policy to call a conference of labour movement bodies to discuss working class political representation. Head Office transformed this into a session at the London ESF. Our latest AGM has made similar policy.
So this year, I'd like Bob and the Executive to prove me an old cynic and act on the spirit as well as the letter of the resolution. And if they don't, we'll have to remind them that AGM decisions are instructions for them to act on - not advice which they can simply ignore when it suits them.
AB, East Midlands