Head of train drivers’ union compared anti-strike measures to Nazi Germany, prompting criticism


Militant union leaders have been accused of losing their minds when equating planned anti-strike legislation with Nazi Germany.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps reacted angrily when Mick Whelan, general secretary of the railway drivers’ union Aslef, accused the government of dragging the UK down to Germany, Spain and Italy of the 1930s.

“We are practically in what was happening in Germany, Spain and Italy in the mid-1930s when you took away the right to strike, took away the right to demonstrate, took away the right to complain, you questioned lawyers, you bullied union leaders,’ Mr Whelan said on Radio 4’s Today program yesterday. We are fast approaching a future that I don’t believe we want to be in. Separately, RMT union president Mick Lynch told New Statesman magazine that the EU had caused a “conflict” in Ukraine and that “there were a lot of crooked politicians in Ukraine”. Ukraine.”
“And while they were doing that, a bunch of people [in Ukraine] played with Nazi iconography and returned to [Second World] war and all that,” he said.

According to sources close to Mr Shapps, who is proposing to impose new regulations requiring minimum service levels during strikes, the two men have “lost their minds”.

“Between Mick Lynch’s selling of Kremlin disinformation and Mick Whelan’s ridiculous and disrespectful statements, the union mask has well and truly fallen,” the Transportation Secretary said.

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