Tributes to union leader Bob Crow

Tributes to union leader Bob Crow

Tributes to union leader Bob Crow

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Rail union leader Bob Crow has died, it has been announced.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union made the announcement "with the deepest regret".

A brief statement said: "It is with the deepest regret that RMT has to confirm that our general secretary Bob Crow sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning.

"RMT would request that all media respect the privacy of the friends and family of Bob Crow at this distressing time."

Mr Crow, who was 52, was one of the most high-profile, left-wing union leaders of his generation, sparking as much anger from passengers hit by rail and Tube strikes, as praise from his members for winning pay rises.

He was constantly involved in industrial disputes and campaigns and led a walkout by London Underground workers last month in a dispute over ticket office closures.

The straight-talking south Londoner was a passionate supporter of Millwall Football Club.

His death caused shockwaves in the trade union movement today.

Manuel Cortes, leader of the TSSA rail union, who stood on picket lines with Mr Crow during last month's Tube strike, said: "Bob Crow was admired by his members and feared by employers, which is exactly how he liked it.

"It was a privilege to campaign and fight alongside him because he never gave an inch."

UK Independence Party (Ukip) leader Nigel Farage tweeted: " Sad at the death of Bob Crow. I liked him and he also realised working-class people were having their chances damaged by the EU."

Mr Crow had been campaigning for the No2EU political party in May's European elections, arguing that workers were suffering because of policies from Europe.

In a statement, London Mayor Boris Johnson said: "I'm shocked. Bob Crow was a fighter and a man of character.

"Whatever our political differences, and there were many, this is tragic news.

"Bob fought tirelessly for his beliefs and for his members.

"There can be absolutely no doubt that he played a big part in the success of the Tube, and he shared my goal to make transport in London an even greater success.

"It's a sad day."

Sir Peter Hendy, London's Transport Commissioner, said: "We are shocked by this terribly sad and unexpected news. Our thoughts are with Bob Crow's family, friends and all those he represented."

Under Mr Crow's leadership, membership of the RMT increased by more than 20,000 to 80,000, embracing workers ranging from seafarers and rail staff to cleaners.

He spoke at rallies and meetings most weekends, and was always in demand to support campaigns.

He became a target of right-wing commentators, who criticised his militancy and involvement in disputes.

He even had to explain why he had gone on holiday in the run-up to last month's London Underground strike.

Labour leader Ed Miliband said: "Bob Crow was a major figure in the labour movement and was loved and deeply respected by his members.

"I didn't always agree with him politically but I always respected his tireless commitment to fighting for the men and women in his union. He did what he was elected to do, was not afraid of controversy and was always out supporting his members across the country.

"He was a passionate defender of and campaigner for safe, affordable public transport and was a lifelong anti-fascist activist.

"My thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues in the RMT and wider union movement at this difficult time."

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1:53pm Tue 11 Mar 14

WitchofColchester says...

Good riddance! He caused absolute misery for millions of commuters.
Good riddance! He caused absolute misery for millions of commuters. WitchofColchester
  • Score: -1

2:04pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

WitchofColchester wrote:
Good riddance! He caused absolute misery for millions of commuters.
...and stood up for the rights of millions of workers.

Love him or hate him (for the record I wasn't a fan) there's no denying he was steadfast when it came to representing RMT members.
[quote][p][bold]WitchofColchester[/bold] wrote: Good riddance! He caused absolute misery for millions of commuters.[/p][/quote]...and stood up for the rights of millions of workers. Love him or hate him (for the record I wasn't a fan) there's no denying he was steadfast when it came to representing RMT members. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 8

2:25pm Tue 11 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

A well chosen name.churlish uncalled for remarks made about a fellow human just deceaced, says much about your beeding.a witch you surely are.
A well chosen name.churlish uncalled for remarks made about a fellow human just deceaced, says much about your beeding.a witch you surely are. stevedawson
  • Score: -2

3:35pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Not a fan of Bob Crowe's but I'm sure he did what he believed in and thought was right. However, his death, like everyone else who died today without comment is a family tragedy and should be treated as such.

All these people, who obviously disliked him and what he stood for, would be better off just saying nothing.
Not a fan of Bob Crowe's but I'm sure he did what he believed in and thought was right. However, his death, like everyone else who died today without comment is a family tragedy and should be treated as such. All these people, who obviously disliked him and what he stood for, would be better off just saying nothing. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 12

4:07pm Tue 11 Mar 14

The Stinker Returns says...

Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
Not a fan of Bob Crowe's but I'm sure he did what he believed in and thought was right. However, his death, like everyone else who died today without comment is a family tragedy and should be treated as such.

All these people, who obviously disliked him and what he stood for, would be better off just saying nothing.
My thoughts entirely. Inappropriate at this time to lay into him whatever he stood for.
[quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: Not a fan of Bob Crowe's but I'm sure he did what he believed in and thought was right. However, his death, like everyone else who died today without comment is a family tragedy and should be treated as such. All these people, who obviously disliked him and what he stood for, would be better off just saying nothing.[/p][/quote]My thoughts entirely. Inappropriate at this time to lay into him whatever he stood for. The Stinker Returns
  • Score: 3

4:34pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Boris says...

WitchofColchester wrote:
Good riddance! He caused absolute misery for millions of commuters.
Witch, you disgust me, and most others. As has already been said, if you can't think of something good to say of someone who has died suddenly at an early age, you should keep your mean little thoughts to yourself.
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I am not a member of the RMT, but I met Bob Crow several times. He was always at the annual Burston Strike School rally in early September, helping to man his union's stall, and carrying one end of their banner during the march round the village. He seldom spoke from the platform, preferring to spend his day chatting with the public. A gentle and unassuming ordinary man, not at all the ogre he was portrayed as on TV and in the rabid right-wing press.
R.I.P. Bob Crow, yours will be a hard act to follow.
[quote][p][bold]WitchofColchester[/bold] wrote: Good riddance! He caused absolute misery for millions of commuters.[/p][/quote]Witch, you disgust me, and most others. As has already been said, if you can't think of something good to say of someone who has died suddenly at an early age, you should keep your mean little thoughts to yourself. . I am not a member of the RMT, but I met Bob Crow several times. He was always at the annual Burston Strike School rally in early September, helping to man his union's stall, and carrying one end of their banner during the march round the village. He seldom spoke from the platform, preferring to spend his day chatting with the public. A gentle and unassuming ordinary man, not at all the ogre he was portrayed as on TV and in the rabid right-wing press. R.I.P. Bob Crow, yours will be a hard act to follow. Boris
  • Score: 2

4:53pm Tue 11 Mar 14

norwood70 says...

The Stinker Returns wrote:
Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
Not a fan of Bob Crowe's but I'm sure he did what he believed in and thought was right. However, his death, like everyone else who died today without comment is a family tragedy and should be treated as such.

All these people, who obviously disliked him and what he stood for, would be better off just saying nothing.
My thoughts entirely. Inappropriate at this time to lay into him whatever he stood for.
Not as inappropriate as his comments on Lady Thatchers passing - "I hope she rots in hell". I personally hope for a similar fate for him!!
[quote][p][bold]The Stinker Returns[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: Not a fan of Bob Crowe's but I'm sure he did what he believed in and thought was right. However, his death, like everyone else who died today without comment is a family tragedy and should be treated as such. All these people, who obviously disliked him and what he stood for, would be better off just saying nothing.[/p][/quote]My thoughts entirely. Inappropriate at this time to lay into him whatever he stood for.[/p][/quote]Not as inappropriate as his comments on Lady Thatchers passing - "I hope she rots in hell". I personally hope for a similar fate for him!! norwood70
  • Score: 8

5:08pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Jess Jephcott says...

A thoroughly nasty bit of work. RIP Bob Crow. Your work is done and your nastiness about others is at an end. May God have mercy on your soul.
A thoroughly nasty bit of work. RIP Bob Crow. Your work is done and your nastiness about others is at an end. May God have mercy on your soul. Jess Jephcott
  • Score: -4

5:51pm Tue 11 Mar 14

angryman!!! says...

Hard act to follow?? On the wages he was on I think a replacement will be very easy. I have always been told not to speak bad of the dead so there's nothing else I can say.
Hard act to follow?? On the wages he was on I think a replacement will be very easy. I have always been told not to speak bad of the dead so there's nothing else I can say. angryman!!!
  • Score: 0

6:52pm Tue 11 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

Two wrongs never make a right and the comments of some who consider themselves educated should have a re think.shame on you.
Two wrongs never make a right and the comments of some who consider themselves educated should have a re think.shame on you. stevedawson
  • Score: -4

8:23pm Tue 11 Mar 14

mirokou says...

Tube union bosses forced through a four-year inflation-busting deal, leading to train drivers increasing their basic pay to £52,000 by 2015.
The package includes pension contributions of more than 30 per cent, which is one of the most lucrative in the private sector.
Plus triple time on Bank Holidays..Sorry but you drive a train and are by no means worth £61,218 inc bonuses..
And we wonder why our Transport services are the most expensive.
Tube union bosses forced through a four-year inflation-busting deal, leading to train drivers increasing their basic pay to £52,000 by 2015. The package includes pension contributions of more than 30 per cent, which is one of the most lucrative in the private sector. Plus triple time on Bank Holidays..Sorry but you drive a train and are by no means worth £61,218 inc bonuses.. And we wonder why our Transport services are the most expensive. mirokou
  • Score: 10

6:19am Wed 12 Mar 14

Arthur Fonzarelli says...

WitchofColchester wrote:
Good riddance! He caused absolute misery for millions of commuters.
So he never campaigned to keep trains and stations manned late at night for the protection of the commuter. Remember this, train operating companies can often make more money when a train is late or cancelled......they are the evil that cause misery to millions of commuters because their loyalty lies with the shareholders.
[quote][p][bold]WitchofColchester[/bold] wrote: Good riddance! He caused absolute misery for millions of commuters.[/p][/quote]So he never campaigned to keep trains and stations manned late at night for the protection of the commuter. Remember this, train operating companies can often make more money when a train is late or cancelled......they are the evil that cause misery to millions of commuters because their loyalty lies with the shareholders. Arthur Fonzarelli
  • Score: -2

8:39am Wed 12 Mar 14

CO6 resident says...

A telling example of how we need to get our own house in order before continually pointing the finger at others. Crow was an avowed atheist and will now be regretting that he didn't heed the Gospel message before his untimely demise.

No RIP for him I'm afraid, whatever people like to think.
A telling example of how we need to get our own house in order before continually pointing the finger at others. Crow was an avowed atheist and will now be regretting that he didn't heed the Gospel message before his untimely demise. No RIP for him I'm afraid, whatever people like to think. CO6 resident
  • Score: -1

9:58am Wed 12 Mar 14

friday_woods says...

Kind of ironic that it was blocked tubes that killed him, eh? His comments after the death of Lady Thatcher were disgusting, hopefully shes now giving him a good whack with her hand bag.
Kind of ironic that it was blocked tubes that killed him, eh? His comments after the death of Lady Thatcher were disgusting, hopefully shes now giving him a good whack with her hand bag. friday_woods
  • Score: 7

10:14am Wed 12 Mar 14

Slamdoor312 says...

Not at all suprised at the comments from the spineless posters who are obviously quite happy to cower to their employer and be dumped on.

Bob did an outstanding job in representing the people who paid his salary, something that cannot be said of the MPs and councillors who fail dismally in doing the same for those who pay theirs - a particular issue in Colchester.

Here's hoping any successor carries on his excellent work, and from the group of potential candidates, that thankfully, looks very likely indeed.
Not at all suprised at the comments from the spineless posters who are obviously quite happy to cower to their employer and be dumped on. Bob did an outstanding job in representing the people who paid his salary, something that cannot be said of the MPs and councillors who fail dismally in doing the same for those who pay theirs - a particular issue in Colchester. Here's hoping any successor carries on his excellent work, and from the group of potential candidates, that thankfully, looks very likely indeed. Slamdoor312
  • Score: -2

10:33am Wed 12 Mar 14

Catchedicam says...

If employers treated their workers with respect, and the relationship was symbiotic then there would not be a need for unions or the Bob Crow's of this world. However the greed of the majority of employers driven to increase shareholders profits at the expense of workers pay and conditions, means that Unions and their leaders are a necessity in this avaricious and increasingly exploitative world. RIP Bob you did your best for the ordinary working men and women you represented.
If employers treated their workers with respect, and the relationship was symbiotic then there would not be a need for unions or the Bob Crow's of this world. However the greed of the majority of employers driven to increase shareholders profits at the expense of workers pay and conditions, means that Unions and their leaders are a necessity in this avaricious and increasingly exploitative world. RIP Bob you did your best for the ordinary working men and women you represented. Catchedicam
  • Score: -1

12:02pm Wed 12 Mar 14

UndergroundOverground says...

CO6 resident wrote:
A telling example of how we need to get our own house in order before continually pointing the finger at others. Crow was an avowed atheist and will now be regretting that he didn't heed the Gospel message before his untimely demise.

No RIP for him I'm afraid, whatever people like to think.
Oh yeah I'm sure the corpse or Mr Crow is kicking itself for not wasting its life on an imaginary man that lives in the sky.
[quote][p][bold]CO6 resident[/bold] wrote: A telling example of how we need to get our own house in order before continually pointing the finger at others. Crow was an avowed atheist and will now be regretting that he didn't heed the Gospel message before his untimely demise. No RIP for him I'm afraid, whatever people like to think.[/p][/quote]Oh yeah I'm sure the corpse or Mr Crow is kicking itself for not wasting its life on an imaginary man that lives in the sky. UndergroundOverground
  • Score: 4

2:24am Thu 13 Mar 14

Boris says...

Jess Jephcott wrote:
A thoroughly nasty bit of work. RIP Bob Crow. Your work is done and your nastiness about others is at an end. May God have mercy on your soul.
Jess, until now, while disagreeing with your reactionary views on many subjects, I have respected you for your work promoting local pubs and history.
Now you have gone too far. Your pusillanimous sniping at Bob Crow shows that you have nothing better to offer than your mean-minded kicking of a dead man.
You truly are a despicable specimen. Crawl back into the sewer where you belong.
[quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: A thoroughly nasty bit of work. RIP Bob Crow. Your work is done and your nastiness about others is at an end. May God have mercy on your soul.[/p][/quote]Jess, until now, while disagreeing with your reactionary views on many subjects, I have respected you for your work promoting local pubs and history. Now you have gone too far. Your pusillanimous sniping at Bob Crow shows that you have nothing better to offer than your mean-minded kicking of a dead man. You truly are a despicable specimen. Crawl back into the sewer where you belong. Boris
  • Score: 0

7:15am Thu 13 Mar 14

wardyt says...

Boris wrote:
Jess Jephcott wrote:
A thoroughly nasty bit of work. RIP Bob Crow. Your work is done and your nastiness about others is at an end. May God have mercy on your soul.
Jess, until now, while disagreeing with your reactionary views on many subjects, I have respected you for your work promoting local pubs and history.
Now you have gone too far. Your pusillanimous sniping at Bob Crow shows that you have nothing better to offer than your mean-minded kicking of a dead man.
You truly are a despicable specimen. Crawl back into the sewer where you belong.
He had a point though Boris.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: A thoroughly nasty bit of work. RIP Bob Crow. Your work is done and your nastiness about others is at an end. May God have mercy on your soul.[/p][/quote]Jess, until now, while disagreeing with your reactionary views on many subjects, I have respected you for your work promoting local pubs and history. Now you have gone too far. Your pusillanimous sniping at Bob Crow shows that you have nothing better to offer than your mean-minded kicking of a dead man. You truly are a despicable specimen. Crawl back into the sewer where you belong.[/p][/quote]He had a point though Boris. wardyt
  • Score: 1

11:20pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Boris says...

wardyt wrote:
Boris wrote:
Jess Jephcott wrote:
A thoroughly nasty bit of work. RIP Bob Crow. Your work is done and your nastiness about others is at an end. May God have mercy on your soul.
Jess, until now, while disagreeing with your reactionary views on many subjects, I have respected you for your work promoting local pubs and history.
Now you have gone too far. Your pusillanimous sniping at Bob Crow shows that you have nothing better to offer than your mean-minded kicking of a dead man.
You truly are a despicable specimen. Crawl back into the sewer where you belong.
He had a point though Boris.
Whatever his point may have been, he didn't have to express himself like that.
[quote][p][bold]wardyt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: A thoroughly nasty bit of work. RIP Bob Crow. Your work is done and your nastiness about others is at an end. May God have mercy on your soul.[/p][/quote]Jess, until now, while disagreeing with your reactionary views on many subjects, I have respected you for your work promoting local pubs and history. Now you have gone too far. Your pusillanimous sniping at Bob Crow shows that you have nothing better to offer than your mean-minded kicking of a dead man. You truly are a despicable specimen. Crawl back into the sewer where you belong.[/p][/quote]He had a point though Boris.[/p][/quote]Whatever his point may have been, he didn't have to express himself like that. Boris
  • Score: -2

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