Rail Obituary: Bob Crow – 1961 to 2014

Mike Humble:

RMT Leader Bob Crow 1961 - 2014
RMT Leader Bob Crow has died at the age of 52.

Its been announced that the leader and General Secretary of the Rail and Maritime Transport Workers Union (RMT) has passed away after suffering an aneurysm and fatal heart attack.

Crow – born 1961, started his career with London Regional Transport as a gang worker before getting interested with union politics, eventually being elected as the local representative for the former National Union of Railwaymen (NUR) in 1983.

I am shocked. Bob Crow was a fighter and a man of character – Borris Johnson Mayor of London

Early in 2002 Bob Crow won a landslide majority of votes to succeed the outgoing leader Jimmy Knapp. Just like Knapp, Crow was never ashamed of being controversial nor outspoken in his duties or support to other causes, often with Socialist activities.

Mayor of London, Borris Johnson who clashed many times with the RMT, spoke of his respect for Bob Crow and his shock at the sudden news of his death. Other union leaders and key figures within the transport industry have also paid their respects to the now deceased figurehead.

Bob Crow was admired by his members and feared by employers, which is exactly how he liked it – Manuel Cortes: Leader of the TSS Rail Union

Bob Crow – lifelong Londoner and an avid Millwall United fan leaves behind a wife and young family.

One comment

  1. I wonder if the national union of undertakers will hold a flash strike on the day of his funeral, as a mark of respect?

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