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Michael Joseph Cash (born 17 February 1960) is general secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT), a British trade union.

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Early lifeEdit

Cash was born in Essex, the third child of seven of Irish Travellers from County Kildare.[citation needed]

CareerEdit

He became a rail worker for British Rail in 1978, looking after railway signals at the southern end of the West Coast Main Line. He was eventually elected assistant general secretary of the RMT, and was subsequently elected general secretary in September 2014, following the death of Bob Crow, beating four other candidates. He declared that he would continue Crow's policies.[1]

He was a member of the Labour Party's National Executive Committee (NEC) until the RMT disassociated itself from the party in 2004, and remains a Labour Party member. In that regard, he is widely considered as less radical than his predecessor, Bob Crow.[2]

His annual salary as general secretary of the RMT has been the subject of criticism from the TaxPayers' Alliance.[3]

As leader of the RMT he voiced support for the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, and this was reflected in advice sent out to RMT members prior to the EU referendum in June 2016.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Cash is a keen association football supporter, and follows Watford Football Club.[citation needed].

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Topham, Gwyn (22 September 2014). "RMT union elects Bob Crow's former deputy Mick Cash as leader". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  2. ^ correspondent, Gwyn Topham Transport (13 August 2016). "Has the RMT union's moderate Mick Cash turned militant?". Retrieved 19 December 2016 – via The Guardian.
  3. ^ "RMT boss Mick Cash lambasted for his "telephone-number salary"". londonlovesbusiness.com. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  4. ^ "RMT sets out six key reasons for leaving the EU". rmt.org.uk. Retrieved 19 December 2016.

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Preceded by
Vernon Hince
Senior Assistant General Secretary of the RMT
2002–2014
Succeeded by
Steve Hedley
Preceded by
Bob Crow
General Secretary of the RMT
2014–
Succeeded by
Incumbent