RISE has today welcomed the decision of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers' Union (RMT) to back the Left Alliance in the West of Scotland for the upcoming Holyrood election.

The news confirms growing levels of support for RISE in the labour movement. In February, leading UNITE officials publicly endorsed RISE as the Alliance that best represents workers' interests in Scotland.

Colin Turbett, RISE's lead candidate in the West of Scotland, said:

"I'm very proud that the RMT have agreed to back RISE West Scotland's bid for election to Holyrood.

"Our supporters have been very active in their brilliant campaign to keep CalMac public and we shall continue that fight.

"The ongoing PFI schools fiasco shows what happens when profit drives public services.

"Our commitment to reverse the damage of such policies is absolute."