Nottingham East Labour MP Nadia Whittome donates part of salary to local RMT rail strike fund

The labour MP will join the union at a rally in Nottingham on Saturday. Credit: Nadia Whittome MP

A Labour MP has donated £2,000 to the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union's strike fund.

Nadia Whittome, who is MP for Nottingham East, joined striking rail workers outside Nottingham Station on Thursday and will also speak at their rally at the picket line on Saturday (25 June).

RMT members are staging their third nationwide strike of the week in a bitter dispute over jobs, pay and conditions.

When Ms Whittome was elected, she pledged to share her MP’s salary with local causes in Nottingham.

She has previously made donations to the local branches of other unions – the IWGB Couriers and the App Driver and Couriers Union – as well as a range of charities, not-for-profits and grassroots groups.

She takes home £35,000 per year after tax, donating the remainder.

Commenting on her donation to the RMT, Ms Whittome said: “Rail strikers are leading the way for workers in the cost-of-living crisis – demanding decent pay and conditions to keep up with the cost of soaring inflation.

“It’s workers like them who need a pay rise, not MPs. That’s why I’m donating £2,000 from my salary to my local RMT branch strike fund.

“When workers go on strike they don’t get paid. So this money will help to ensure that no-one faces hardship as a result of standing up for themselves at work.”

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