I left the army in '99 and joined the railways the following year.Any new start in the railway industry is promptly advised to join the union straight away,in most cases the RMT,likewise for most jobs. How ever,after learning that my union held it's AGM in Dublin in July 2006,and invited Gerry Adams as a guest speaker,who thanked the RMT for "its support over the decades",I felt it left me no choice but leave the union,as I could no longer contribute and be a member of such an organistion that gave these people a platform.It wasn't that long ago that PIRA were targeting the rail network and killing recruits waiting for trains.I seved four tours across the water,like many in here,and the thought of being a paid up member of any union with even the slightest affiliation to Sinn Fein was completely unacceptable. There is how ever a large number of ex servicemen/women who are RMT members,who have not left,as union protection is paramount. I posted a similar post on a dying thread recently,so I apologise if this seems familuar. My question is,how do ex servicmen feel when faced with this?Do you tell the unions to f*ck right off,out of loyalty to your past,or do you get yourself union protection as "The war is over" as one of my ex RAF Regiment RMT collegues informed me.