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Mick Lynch takes swipe at GB News as he doubles down on Christmas rail strikes

Nigel Farage responded by offering to buy RMT’s General Secretary a pint

Mick Lynch has thrown a swipe at GB News because he refused to get around RMT’s decision to strike over the Christmas period.

General Secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union spoke to reporters after meeting with Transport Secretary Mark Harper.

Mr Lynch said the Transport Secretary had agreed to write to him outlining how he saw the union’s dispute with the rail operators “moving forward and taking steps towards a resolution”.

General Secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union spoke to reporters after meeting with Transport Secretary Mark Harper.

The transport secretary also said he would “consider” setting up a contact group at ministerial level so that industry and trade unions can talk to them about how to reach a settlement, Mr Lynch said.

He said their meeting was “positive” in the sense that they “did away the aggressive bullshit we were used to”.

“We have now begun to have a dialogue,” he told reporters outside the Transportation Department.

Mr. Harper also reiterated Mr. Lynch’s comments and said the meeting was “productive.”

However, when asked if he would cancel the upcoming Christmas strikes, Lynch said: “If we cancel the strikes we’ll never get a settlement. We did that two weeks ago, we changed our dates in response to public opinion when the Queen died, and when we had Poppy Day we did with other things.

We haven’t seen a strike in seven weeks and nothing happened. So anyone involved in industrial relations knows that there has to be leverage and pressure at the table on both sides. This will create the compromises and resolutions we are all looking for.

“If I stop these measures without any result, my members will not forgive me for doing so, and we know that the pressure will be off from all parties including us, because we are putting pressure on us too. We want to reach a settlement. I made a commitment to my members, so that we can get a concrete result that they can Keeping this in mind, the work will continue.”

Elsewhere, when asked a question by Katherine Forrester, JP News political reporter, Lynch quipped: “Is Farage here? Because if he is, I don’t talk to him.”

After he answered, he turned to other journalists and said, “Is anyone from a regular outlet? Instead of GB News.”

Nigel Farage offered to buy Mick Lynch a pint.

Nigel Farage offered to buy Mick Lynch a pint.

Nigel Farage of GB News responded with a video on Twitter offering to buy Lynch a pint.

Nigel said: “A big shout out to Mick Lynch. Now, listen, Mick, you were so insulting at the news of JP and myself in particular earlier.

“I want to remind you, your predecessor Bob Crewe and I got along very well. Two reasons for that. One, we agreed on many things, and disagreed on others.

But the other one was actually a Democrat. Yes, he believed in having an open, free and frank conversation. He also knew how many RMT members voted for Brexit and actually voted for me as well.

“So here’s my little idea. I’m very much in favor of your members getting a fair and reasonable deal. Who knows, I could be useful to you. So here’s the show. I’ll buy you a pint, and we’ll talk about it. You never know. You might even convince me.”

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