As Mick Lynch announces Christmas train strikes, Susanna Reid asks: ‘How are you NOT the Grinch?’

'Good Morning Britain' TV show, London, UK - 23 Nov 2022

Mick Lynch is quizzed by Susanna Reid (Picture: ITV/Rex)

Union boss Mick Lynch has again denied he is the Grinch who stole Christmas after the RMT announced a string of rail strikes over the festive period.

In a fiery exchange on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Mr Lynch said there was ‘no good time to have a strike’ but claimed his members had little to lose because rail bosses were planning to make thousands of redundancies while others faced pay freezes amid soaring inflation figures.

His appearance yesterday came after the RMT announced 48-hour walk-outs on December 13/14 and 16/17, as well as on January 3/4 and 6/7, amid a long-running row over pay, conditions and job losses. In a separate strike, train driver members of Aslef will walk out this Saturday at 12 operating companies.

Unions say the disruption will show how important their staff are to the country and how they deserve to have better job security and pay.

But GMB host Susanna Reid told Mr Lynch that it is train passengers who will ‘pay the price’ rather than rail bosses as Christmas shopping and family visits are thrown into turmoil.

She added: ‘The way that you have organised this strike… at the most sensitive time of the year, how are you not the Grinch that stole Christmas?’

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch has announced further strikes to coincide with Christmas (Picture: Getty)

Mr Lynch replied: ‘There’s no good time to have a strike… We cannot leave this action to go cold. We’ve not been on strike for two months, we’ve moved other dates to facilitate important ­public and national events. If we just leave it they will impose the changes.

‘Network Rail have already issued statutory redundancy notices for 3,000 jobs and they will impose that unless we …read more

Source:: Metro News

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