Posts Tagged ‘Bob Crow’

Mick Cash, new RMT leader, promises “no deviation” from Bob Crow’s approach

by Jon Lansman.

Mick Cash, deputy to Bob Crow for 12 years until his tragic death in March, was this week elected to succeed him as general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT). He first joined its predecessor, the National Union of Railwaymen, 35 years ago as a track worker. Mick won by an overwhelming […]

Bob Crow’s funeral (video)

by Newsdesk.

Thousands of trade unionists today paid tribute to RMT general secretary Bob Crow as along the route of his traditional East End funeral in which his coffin was carried in a horse-drawn carriage. Banners were displayed along the route from the RMT and other trade unions as well as left organisations such as the Stop The War Coalition, […]

Bob Crow: a reporter’s story

by John Millington.

It was just another average afternoon as a news reporter. I’d bagged a good story and was now waiting for the train back home. Suddenly I see Bob Crow along with other RMT activists waiting to board the same train. He’d only met me on a handful of occasions but he still knew me by […]

What made Brother Crow a truly admirable trade union leader

by Andy Newman.

Now is not the time to debate the complex issues of whether the RMT’s industrial and political strategy has been an overall success; although there is a debate to be had there. The RMT’s strategy has of course also not sprung from the head of one man: it has also been shaped by other leading […]

Obituary: Bob Crow

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

I’m shocked I have to write this piece now. Bob Crow, probably the most effective trade union leader of this generation has been cruelly snatched away from our movement. Our thoughts have to be with those who feel his passing most keenly – his family, his friends, his close comrades. Now is not the time […]

The tragic death of Bob Crow – a great union leader

by Jon Lansman.

Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT, has tragically died at the age of 52. According to a statement from the RMT, he died in the early hours of Tuesday morning. It has now been reported that he suffered a massive heart attack. He was rushed into Whipps Cross hospital in Leytonstone by ambulance at about 7am, […]

Strike ballots and unintended consequencies

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Johnson’s at it again. Rather than sit down and have meaningful dialogue with workers’ representatives on the London Underground, he’s been carping about a “lack of mandate” because the RMT’s successful strike ballot came off the back of a 40% turnout. Instead, Johnson believes every ballot for industrial action should meet a 50% threshold to […]

Bombardier redundancies: does anybody care about Derby?

by David Osler.

Thanks to my job as a business journalist, I can reel off facts and figures on topics from projected GDP growth in the Russian Federation to the outlook for tanker chartering rates. But I couldn’t tell you much about what they do in Derby these days. There’s no reason why I should know that, of course. […]

Tories get it all wrong on Livingstone campaign donations

by Andy Newman.

The Transport Secretary Philip Hammond has briefed the Evening Standard, asking “what exactly Bob Crow will be getting in return for his campaign donations” to Ken Livingstone’s campaign. Yet no donation has been received. Specifically Philip Hammond said: “I’m sure many Londoners, like me, will be wondering what exactly Bob Crow will be getting in return […]

RMT accuse London Underground of lying about station staff

by Jon Lansman.

Tube union RMT today demanded an immediate halt to the London Underground (LU) cuts programme as new documents released the union show that 30.5% of stations have been scheduled to be unstaffed during operational hours – a direct contradiction of the speech given by Mayor Boris Johnson at the Tory Party conference in October last […]

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