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Saturday 9 July 2016

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RMT conference backs Jeremy Corbyn and re-affirms participation in TUSC

Last week's conference of the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) workers union - its annual general meeting (AGM), which took place from 26th-30th June - gave resounding support to Jeremy Corbyn in his battle with the Blairite majority of the parliamentary Labour Party.

The AGM welcomed the result of the EU referendum and called for an early general election to dump not just David Cameron but the whole Tory government, arguing that Labour should set the agenda for exit from the EU on the basis of a fight against austerity and privatisation.

Related to this was a general debate on the union's political strategy. The AGM overwhelmingly agreed to continue participating in the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), including maintaining the RMT's representation on the TUSC national steering committee.

The strategy agreed commits the union to supporting Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party but, at the same time, by helping to maintain an electoral alternative that is 100% anti-austerity, ensures that the RMT will not be trapped into supporting Labour councillors who cut jobs and services or Labour MPs who vote for austerity and war.