At the end of last year, in a speech on the rail strike, the president of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, Sean Hoyle, told a cheering crowd that: “Rule number one in our [RMT] bible is that we must strive to replace the capitalist system with a socialist order”. It was his first remark, before giving details of the dispute.
He wasn’t talking out of turn or being quoted out of context. Rule number 1 of the RMT is that the object of the union “shall be to work for the supersession of the capitalist system by a socialistic order of society”. This objective, followed by that of “the promotion of equality for all”, comes several points above another aim that you might have thought would come first: “to improve the conditions and protect the interests of its members”.