Ernie Sanders has hailed the metro and train strikes coordinated by RMT as “an inspiration” that has been noticed around the world.
The US senator and left-wing hero joined strikers at the Save London public transport rally in the capital on Wednesday evening.
Former Labor shadow chancellor John McDonnell, RMT leader Mick Lynch and Miatta Fahnbulleh of the New Economics Foundation also spoke at the event on Wednesday evening.
Bernie Sanders with RMT chief Mick Lynch
Mr Sanders, speaking at the event in Great Russell St, said: ‘What is happening today in the UK is the same happening in the United States of America, the same bloody thing .
“People at the top are incredibly rich and they are getting richer and richer. You see a middle class continue to shrink and millions live in abject poverty.
“In 2022, we cannot allow this to happen.
“We need to set our priorities and get a government that works for everyone and not just a few,” he said. “There is an increasing concentration of ownership, the big multinationals control the markets so much.
“A small number of billionaires have enormous power… our challenge is to bring people together and stand against the demigods who want to divide us by the color of our skin, our place of birth or our sexual orientation.
“It’s not radical… Our job is to take on these oligarchs and welcome a world of justice. Every worker should have the right to a decent standard of living. It is not a radical idea to give everyone the right to decent and affordable housing.
Speaking to Mr Lynch, he said: ‘Once again Mick and the Unionists, it is an honor to be here and we so appreciate what you are doing.
“What you do gets noticed and you inspire.
“Let’s move on and keep our eyes on the prize.”
Mr Sanders is meeting other left-wing insurgents this week in the UK, including RMT supporter Zarah Sultana – MP for Coventry South. The 80-year-old is rumored to run for the White House again in 2024, after running unsuccessfully in 2016 and 2020.
About 200 people watched the show when it aired on YouTube, while another 150 logged in on Facebook.
RMT staged a series of strikes over the summer and, alongside other railway unions, did not rule out further industrial action in the fall.
. Bernie Sanders hails the strikes of the trains RMT as a inspiration during visit London