Arrest Of Mark Harding A Travesty Of Civil Liberties Say RMT

We note the resolution from the London Transport Regional Council and wholeheartedly agree that the arrest by BTP of Mark Harding, the RMT Branch Secretary of Hammersmith & City Branch was a travesty of civil of liberties. Bro Harding was arrested despite only carrying out legitimate trade union activities whilst on the picket line outside his place of work. We agree that his detention for nearly 13 hours and the draconian bail conditions imposed were extreme to say the least.

This General Grades Committee also condemns the charge brought against Mark under Section 241 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations Act, which we believe is an attempt to criminalise Bro Harding for his TU activities.

"The General Grades committee will stand by all our representatives, activists and members who face similar threats either by the BTP or the employer for carrying out lawful, legitimate and rightful trade union activity."

We instruct the General Secretary to continue to provide Mark with the best legal advice and representation possible. We also instruct the General Secretary to write to the head of the BTP in order to protest about the harassment, arrest and detention of Mark in the manner that took place. Further, we instruct the General Secretary to raise the matter with the TUC, to highlight this use of TULRA against one of our members as a pernicious attempt to of criminalise trade union activity, dissent and the right to protest.

The General Grades committee will stand by all our representatives, activists and members who face similar threats either by the BTP or the employer for carrying out lawful, legitimate and rightful trade union activity. We will use all means at our disposal to defend Bro Harding, including balloting our members for industrial action if necessary.

London Transport Regional Council and branches to be advised.

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What is a National Executive Committee decision?

This article is an 'executive decision' which has been written by the RMT National Executive Committee. The National Executive is the union's governing body in between AGMs. Its decisions set out what the union will do on a particular issue.

These decisions can often be brief, and may be one of several passed over a period of time. To get a better understanding or find out more information about what the RMT is doing, speak to your rep or attend your branch or Regional Council meeting.