A victory for Mark Harding against an attack on union rights

2 June 2014
Supporters stand in solidarity with Mark Harding outside the court, just before his 'not guilty' verdict is given

Supporters stand in solidarity with Mark Harding outside the court, just before his ‘not guilty’ verdict is given 

Mark Harding carried out court to loud cheers by crowd of supporters after receiving 'not guilty' verdict
Mark Harding carried out court to loud cheers by crowd of supporters after receiving ‘not guilty’ verdict

 

Around 60 RMT activists, other trade unionists and campaigners gathered outside the Hammersmith Magistrates Court this morning to stand with Mark Harding.

Mark is the branch secretary of Hammersmith and City RMT who was arrested off his picket line during the first London Underground strike in February this year, held for 12 hours by police and then victimised.

Today Mark was cheered out the court as supporters heard he had been found not guilty.

Mark stood in front of his RMT branch’s banner as he came off the court’s steps and described his case as “politically motivated”, saying it was “a disgrace that so much public money was wasted” on his trial. “I have done nothing wrong”.

The attack on Mark Harding represented an attack on the RMT, and the wider trade union movement. It was an attempt, in the middle of a high stakes dispute on the tubes, to undermine the RMT, a fighting union, and the strikes.

That is why his victory is something for us all to celebrate.

Send celebratory messages for Mark to hammersmithandcity@rmt.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

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