Bernie Sanders joins striking British railway workers in slamming ‘corporate greed’

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LONDON, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Veteran U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders joined striking British workers at a union rally in London on Wednesday, saying workers must unite to fight what he called “corporate greed” and billionaires amassing more wealth.

The event was organized by the RMT union, which has been at the heart of strikes that have crippled Britain’s transport network in recent months as workers demand better pay and conditions to counter the impact of soaring inflation induced by energy prices.

“People around the world must come together to tell the oligarchs that they can’t have it all,” Sanders told a rally at the headquarters of the Trades Union Congress.

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“No one can tell me from a moral point of view or from an economic point of view that it makes sense that so few have so much and so many have so little.”

Sanders, a democratic socialist whose progressive campaign helped push the U.S. Democratic Party’s agenda sharply to the left, ran for president of the United States in 2020 but ultimately lost the party’s nomination to the future election winner, Joe Biden.

UK workers across a wide range of industries, from garbage collectors to court lawyers to postal workers, have decided to strike this summer as double-digit inflation rises ahead of pay rises.

There is little end in sight to Britain’s industrial unrest, with the government urging employers to exercise restraint, businesses facing rising costs and workers eyeing forecasts that show inflation will rise until next year .

Earlier on Wednesday, a transport workers’ union announced a 24-hour strike next month, while workers from telecommunications group BT, private delivery service Royal Mail and journalists from media company Reach all staged separate strikes.

During the 2020 U.S. presidential race and a failed 2016 race for the Democratic Party nomination, Sanders’ anti-establishment, pro-health and labor rights message caught the attention of many grassroots activists. in the country and among leftist movements abroad.

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Reporting by William James; Editing by Sandra Maler

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