Social Media Comments by Senior Assistant General Secretary

Head Office Circular No. MFP/129

To all Branches and Regional Councils

10th April 2020

Dear Colleagues

Social Media Comments by Senior Assistant General Secretary

The Senior Assistant General Secretary made a number of controversial comments on social media this week in relation to the public health crisis and the government.

Once I became aware of the matter, it was necessary for the President and I to issue a statement which stated: "Steve Hedley's comments do not represent the views of this trade union and are wholly unacceptable." I also wrote to the Senior Assistant General Secretary but have yet to receive a reply.

However, the comments have attracted widespread negative media coverage which has led to an extraordinarily large volume of complaints, from both RMT members and the public, through social media and also directly to the Union and our staff with unprecedented levels of hostility.

This matter was placed before a Special meeting of the National Executive Committee today. The NEC has taken the following Decision:

“We note the report from the General Secretary and instruct him to suspend the Senior Assistant General Secretary with immediate effect, pending a formal investigation.

Relevant branches, Regional Councils and members to be advised by text /email.”

I would be grateful if you could bring the content of this circular to the attention of all members in your Branch.

Yours sincerely

Mick Cash