Bob Crow is dead

March 11, 2014 at 6:08 pm (Jim D, RIP, RMT, stalinism, transport, unions, workers)

RMT general secretary Bob Crow

Shocking news that still hasn’t quite sunk in. The general secretary of the RMT, and probably Britain’s most militant trade union leader, Bob Crow, has died aged just 52. Regular readers will know that some of us at Shiraz have had our criticisms of him (and the RMT regime he presided over) in the past, and it would be hypocritical of us to pretend otherwise now. But we never doubted his commitment to our class and to basic trade union principles.

An RMT comrade writes:

“He was at RMT Women’s Conference on Friday, getting an argument from some of us about women’s under-representation in the union!
 
“I’m sure I will write something balanced and considered in due course, but for the moment, this is just a terrible shock. Whatever arguments and criticisms we’ve had, Bob was one of the best union leaders in the country, if not the best. His vilification by the right-wing media is testament to that.”

10 Comments

  1. Bob Crow is dead | OzHouse said,

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  2. Ted Edwards said,

    Bob will be a great lose to not only his members but also the trade union movement. Even though he had a powerful position and a high public profile he always remembered what he was elected to do and did it. unlike many who started out like him he never forgot his roots and he proved that you don’t need to speak with a fancy accent to get your point across and clearly was has intelligent as those he negotiated with. My condolences to his family and friends.

  3. Babs said,

    Even Nigel Farage paid tribute due to his anti EU stance.

  4. sheffielder said,

    Criticisms or personal abuse? Nearly 3 years ago to the day on this site;

    jim denham said,

    March 14, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    “That’s really sophisticated political analysis there, ‘Dave’”: yup, it is isn’t it? Good to see that tosser Crow called for what he is.
    Reply

    • Jim Denham said,

      As we say above: “we never doubted his commitment to our class and to basic trade union principles.” And we didn’t. That didn’t prevent us having strong views about him.

      • richardarmbach said,

        Ooops Jim. Busted

      • Jim Venom said,

        He was a fucking shitty cunt.

      • richardarmbach said,

        o:))

  5. jimmy glesga said,

    He was highly regarded by the majority of the workforce he represented and that was his job.

  6. you're a cunt said,

    On your fuckwit blog in 2011 bob Crow was a posturing cunt. … at least have the courage if your convictions rather than suck his cock after he’s dead he’s done more as leader of the rmt than you have you shit bag and will do in a life time you bourgeois lump of turd

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