Rail strikes: who is RMT union leader Mick Lynch and what is his salary?

Mick Lynch on a picket line

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch was on the picket line outside Euston station in London as members of the rail, shipping and transport union joined London Underground workers to begin their nationwide strike (Image: PA).

Britain has been rocked by the greatest Rail strike in more than 30 years.

Members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime, and Transport Workers (RMT) have gone on strike over working conditions, pay and layoffs.

The strikes have wreaked havoc across the UK and people have been warned to avoid unnecessary travel as widespread disruption is expected.

Strike action began on Tuesday and will continue today and tomorrow.

Union leader Mick Lynch was the face of the strike, negotiating behind the scenes and speaking to the media about the actions they are taking.

But who is Mick Lynch and what is his salary?

Here’s what you need to know…

Who is Mick Lynch?

Mick Lynch is a British trade unionist who has served as General Secretary of the RMT since May 2021.

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Mick Lynch is the General Secretary of the RMT (Image: Ben Cawthra/LNP)

The 60-year-old grew up in Paddington London and left school at the age of 16 and qualified as an electrician.

He began working in construction and joined a union, which resulted in his being blacklisted from the trade for which he later received a large severance pay.

Unable to find work, Lynch began working for Eurostar in 1993 and became active in the RMT.

He served two terms as Deputy Secretary General of the RMT and two terms on its Executive Branch before being appointed Acting Secretary General in 2020 due to Mick Cash’s illness.

Despite retiring from the role, Lynch won an election and landed the role permanently in 2021.

In that capacity he has become a key figure in the current rail strikes, which see thousands of RMT members taking part in planned strikes over jobs, wages and working conditions.

What is Mick Lynch’s salary?

There has been some debate as to how much Lynch will be paid in his position.

The unionist is widely reported to have a salary of £84,000.

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There has been some debate over Mick Lynch’s salary (Credits: PA)

However, in an interview on TalkTV, Piers Morgan claimed he will be paid more than £124,000 – a figure Lynch denied.

Corresponding The Sun, Lynch has reportedly made £763,000 in salary and benefits since joining the union in 2015.

What did Mick Lynch say about the rail strikes?

Lynch was a prominent figure on television and radio during Tuesday’s strike action and took part in a number of interviews.

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Following negotiations with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, Lynch said: “Grant Shapps has wrecked those negotiations by not allowing Network Rail to withdraw its letter threatening 2,900 of our members with sacking.

“Until the government unleashes Network Rail and the railway companies, it will not be possible to agree a negotiated solution.

“We will continue our industrial campaign until we get a negotiated solution that offers job security and a pay rise for our members to deal with the escalating cost of living crisis.”

Shapps hit back, saying the RMT claim was a “lie”.

After the strikes began on Tuesday, Lynch said: “Our members will continue the campaign and have shown outstanding unity in seeking a settlement to this dispute.

“RMT members are leading the way for all workers in this country who are fed up with a mix of big corporate profits and government policies slashing their wages and working conditions.

“Now is the time to stand up and fight for every railroad worker in this fight that we will win.”

Mick Lynch gives a speech

Mick has become a figurehead for the rail strikes through his TV and radio interviews (Image: REUTERS)

The union leader has gone viral in recent days as he stood his ground in interviews, including one Lynch got when asked if he was a Marxist by Richard Madeley, presenter of Good Morning Britain, to which he replied: “You come up with the most remarkable twaddle.”

Lynch continued, “I’m a working-class guy who has a union dispute about jobs, wages and conditions and services, so this has nothing to do with Marxism, it’s just about this labor dispute.”

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