To: All Branches, Regional Councils and Regional Organisers
17th July 2018
Circular No. NP132/18
Assault on RMT members by supporters of Tommy Robinson
As you may be aware RMT members who had been involved in a peaceful counter protest to the “Free Tommy Robinson” rally in Central London at the weekend were subjected to a cowardly and unprovoked attack in broad daylight by supporters of Tommy Robinson. Whilst our members naturally protected themselves and vulnerable supporters nearby, a number of our members and officials and supporters sustained injuries, including Senior Assistant General Secretary Steve Hedley who was taken to hospital and subsequently discharged.
The union issued a statement condemning the attack and is providing support to those caught in this despicable act of pre-meditated violence. We are also raising our concerns with the police authorities and politicians.
The union sees see this as an attack on the entire trade union movement which has seen the far right single out the organised working class as a target.
We will be raising these developments with the wider trade union and Labour movement and with the RMT Parliamentary Group and I will be placing this matter before the NEC so the union can discuss how we mobilise against this threat both politically and practically.
I will keep members advised of developments.