RMT leader Bob Crow has passed away reportedly of a heart attack aged 52. In an official statement released by the Union this morning, it stated: “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,”.
Only last month, Bob Crow led a controversial strike that shut down the capital’s underground and transport system in protest over plans by TFL to close all kiosks at London’s underground stations and over staff pay.
He was also at logger heads with Mayor Boris Johnson who accused him of putting Londoners in Misery as a result of his union’s refusal to compromise during talks.
Bob Crow will be remembered by many RMT Transport union workers as a hero. He left school at 16 to work on the railway and has always done his best to secure good working conditions and pay for his 80, 000 members, something which earned him admiration from his union members and often times, the wrath of commuters.
Tributes have been pouring in from friends and former foes alike. Former Mayor, Ken Livingstone told Sky News today: “He fought really hard for his members. The only working-class people who still have well-paid jobs in London are his members.”
Mayor Boris Johnson also paid tribute to the RMT leader saying “Whatever our political differences, and there were many, this is tragic news. Bob fought tirelessly for his beliefs and for his members”.
He is survived by his daughter.