Sir Keir Starmer faces a test of his power after promising to discipline MPs who defied his orders and joined today’s railroad pickets.
At least four of his shadow team rallied with members of the RMT union, who are organizing three national strikes this week. His deputy, Angela Rayner, backed the measure on Twitter, undermining the Labor leader’s attempt to reach a compromise.
More than 50,000 RMT members have pulled out due to layoffs and wage increases below inflation, and the union’s general secretary has threatened to continue working through the summer. Employees on the London Underground are on strike today.
Starmer was already at odds with the left of his party, with more than a dozen Labor MPs publicly supporting the strikes.