Mick Lynch: The union firebrand accused of stealing Christmas

One is a cynical grump whose cold-hearted plot to steal Christmas dampens the festive mood.

The other is Mick Lynch, the general secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT).

When he announced a blitz of winter rail strikes last month, Mr Lynch denied being the mean-spirited green monster. “I’m not the Grinch, I’m a trade union official, and I’m determined to get a deal,” he said.

In unflattering media coverage, the bogeymen comparisons veer from the Grinch to the Hood, the bald-headed, bushy-eyebrowed baddie from 1960s puppet TV series.

Welcome to the world of Mick Lynch, where adoring fans and outspoken critics form orderly queues to take selfies with or pot shots at the union boss.

Seeking a deal on jobs, pay and working conditions, the RMT has escalated its industrial action, bringing the total number of strike days to 12 over the festive period.

As the RMT’s top official, Mr Lynch is the chief spokesman and negotiator for the union, which…

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