A £100,000-A-YEAR boss of the rail union threatening 27 days of strikes over Christmas is dealing with an anti-Semitism probe.
Steve Hedley, the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union’s Senior Assistant Normal Secretary, informed friends he’s underneath investigation after a grievance about him was made to Labour.
However regardless of the inquiry he’s nonetheless free to guide the RMT’s controversial walkout over the function of guards on South Western Railway’s trains.
In an indignant put up on Fb Mr Hedley, a detailed ally of disgraced anti-Semitism scandal candidate Chris Williamson, slammed the probe as “malicious and vexatious”.
He added: “The allegations have come on the again of me posting on Fb concerning the oppression of Palestinians by the Israeli Authorities and mockingly the makes an attempt by supporters of the Israeli barbarity to silence those that communicate out in opposition to atrocities. To stay silent within the face of injustice and sluggish genocide is to aspect with the oppressor.”
Mr Hedley’s associates rushed to again their pal on-line. Pam Bromley wrote: “Be part of the membership. It’s code for ‘Jeremy Corbyn supporter’.”
Nicki Jameson posted: “Are you even within the Labour social gathering for the grievance to be made? I assumed you joined to vote Corbyn in after which left once more? Anyway Carol Foster and I offers you a reference, though we’re fully the improper kind of Jew.”
Liam O’Neill added: “It’s all BS. Israel soiled tips. They throw mud and hope one thing sticks. Folks have to get that.”
Mr Hedley earns round £105,000 as considered one of three senior officers working alongside Rail and Maritime Union Normal Secretary Mick Money.
He additionally will get a £34,000 Toyota Prius as a part of his bundle.
Mr Hedley’s Twitter account profile boasts the slogan “No struggle however the class struggle!” and provides: “It’s both socialism or Barbarism child!”
Earlier this 12 months he posted pictures of a household vacation to Rome on his publicly accessible Fb account. Amongst them had been footage of Mr Hedley and his younger daughter posing with clenched fists as they visited the grave of communist hero Antonio Gramsci.
Mr Hedley has additionally fiercely supported the fitting of Mr Williamson to return to the Labour social gathering after he was booted out over goading the Jewish neighborhood over Labour’s anti-Semitism disaster.
Mr Williamson was on Wednesday banned by Labour’s NEC from standing once more as a Labour MP.
In July Mr Hedley posted an image of his workplace door bearing a poster with the slogan: “Reinstate Chris Williamson – cease the witch-hunt in opposition to Corbyn and his supporters”.
Underneath the picture, Mr Hedley wrote: “Supporting comrade Chris Williamson at this time exterior Labour HQ the place he’s once more dealing with a disciplinary, defending Palestinian and demanding democracy will not be anti-semitism!
“Cease the witch hunt! First rate individuals won’t ever be intimidated into silence over Israeli authorities barbarity as a result of they know they’ll all the time be supported by actual socialists.”
Different pictures present Mr Hedley posing with Miners’ Strike rabble-rouser Arthur Scargill.
He wrote: “Assembly royalty ‘King’ Arthur Scargill, hero of my youth.”
The strike will contain South Western Railway staff strolling out for 27 days between December 2 and New 12 months’s Day.
Conductors will solely return to work on election day and for Christmas Day and Boxing Day – when there are not any trains working anyway.
South Western Railway carries almost 600,000 passengers each day from Britain’s busiest railway station, London Waterloo, to areas together with Sussex and Hampshire in addition to all the way down to Devon and Cornwall.
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A mass walkout would probably result in the cancellation of round half of timetabled journeys and widespread chaos throughout the community.
Hedley has hit the headlines previously for earlier controversies. He was seen sunning himself overseas in 2016 throughout the identical week his members inflicted distress on hundreds of passengers.
Photos had been posted on Fb of him and one other union official – Sean Hoyle – wanting tanned and relaxed because the union’s members went on a deliberate five-day strike which noticed a whole lot of companies cancelled.
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