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Union leader Bob Crow dies aged 52

The Argus: Bob Crow at the Friends Meeting House on Saturday Bob Crow at the Friends Meeting House on Saturday

Union leader and firebrand Bob Crow has died suddenly at the age of 52. 

Mr Crow, the General secretary of the Rail Maritime and Transport union, was in Brighton just days ago to speak at an event marking the 30th anniversary of the Miners' Strike. 

In a statement on its website, the union said he died in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

"The union's offices will be closed for the rest of the day and the union will make further announcements in due course,"

At Saturday's 30th anniversary event at Friends’ Meeting House in Ship Street, Mr Crow said the union would continue to fight for justice for the families “wrecked” during the fight against pit closures, orchestrated by Margaret Thatcher’s government.

He said: “This year’s 30th anniversary of the miners’ strike is not only an opportunity to mark the extraordinary courage and determination of the mining communities in the teeth of the full force of a state-sponsored operations to break them, but also gives us a chance to ignite the same kind of fighting spirit and unity that we need to counter the attacks that the unions and the working class are under today.”

Speaking after the event an RMT spokesman said: “The event went very well, it was well attended and well received and it was a great way to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the strikes.

“One of the demands we put forward at the meeting was for a full investigation into the state operations against the miners which, in light of recent events, have been found to have been happening.”

Last month, Mr Crow slammed the six-month extension of First Capital Connect's contract to run trains from Brighton to Bedford.

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12:13pm Tue 11 Mar 14

billy goat-gruff says...

I was privileged to hear him speak last Saturday. He was in fine tub-thumping form, but also displayed another side to his personality not usually seen in his tv appearances - his wry sense of humour! A great socialist - he will be missed.
I was privileged to hear him speak last Saturday. He was in fine tub-thumping form, but also displayed another side to his personality not usually seen in his tv appearances - his wry sense of humour! A great socialist - he will be missed. billy goat-gruff
  • Score: 10

12:22pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Green_Girl_1990 says...

"Whatever the failings on his part;
He was a Union man with all of his heart..."

Sincere condolences to Mr Crow's family from all of us at Brighton Green Party
"Whatever the failings on his part; He was a Union man with all of his heart..." Sincere condolences to Mr Crow's family from all of us at Brighton Green Party Green_Girl_1990
  • Score: -9

3:22pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Cyril Bolleaux says...

After Lady Thatcher died Bob Crow said she could "rot in hell". I am certain no-one will mind if we offer the same sentiments to him.
After Lady Thatcher died Bob Crow said she could "rot in hell". I am certain no-one will mind if we offer the same sentiments to him. Cyril Bolleaux
  • Score: 0

4:18pm Tue 11 Mar 14

ronrostog says...

Best thing about the politics of Bob was he wanted out of the EU. He could see that it was hurting the working-class and driving down wages for them more than anyone. That's why a lot of Labour voters, especially in the north, are turning to UKIP if only in to protest. Some of them can remember when it was the Tory Party who were pro-Europe, certainly not Labour. Crow was one of them and understood this.
Best thing about the politics of Bob was he wanted out of the EU. He could see that it was hurting the working-class and driving down wages for them more than anyone. That's why a lot of Labour voters, especially in the north, are turning to UKIP if only in to protest. Some of them can remember when it was the Tory Party who were pro-Europe, certainly not Labour. Crow was one of them and understood this. ronrostog
  • Score: 6

5:45pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Stephen Vinall says...

A decent Trade Unionist to the end – He stood up for what he believed in and took the stick that went with it.

Whatever you thought of him, there is not denying he had charisma, spoke it as it was and stood up for the rights of workers. He will be sadly missed.
A decent Trade Unionist to the end – He stood up for what he believed in and took the stick that went with it. Whatever you thought of him, there is not denying he had charisma, spoke it as it was and stood up for the rights of workers. He will be sadly missed. Stephen Vinall
  • Score: 6

6:53pm Tue 11 Mar 14

leftysmellbags says...

I think that it is not good to speak ill of the dead, a sentiment that this man did not hold but I shall not fall to his level and let you know what I think of him and socialists in general. I just hope he enjoys hot fires.
I think that it is not good to speak ill of the dead, a sentiment that this man did not hold but I shall not fall to his level and let you know what I think of him and socialists in general. I just hope he enjoys hot fires. leftysmellbags
  • Score: -3

7:35pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Sussex jim says...

Cyril Bolleaux wrote:
After Lady Thatcher died Bob Crow said she could "rot in hell". I am certain no-one will mind if we offer the same sentiments to him.
I am sure that if our former glorious leader were still alive today she would be expressing her condolences to his family and friends.
[quote][p][bold]Cyril Bolleaux[/bold] wrote: After Lady Thatcher died Bob Crow said she could "rot in hell". I am certain no-one will mind if we offer the same sentiments to him.[/p][/quote]I am sure that if our former glorious leader were still alive today she would be expressing her condolences to his family and friends. Sussex jim
  • Score: 2

7:41pm Tue 11 Mar 14

ourcoalition says...

Cyril Bolleaux wrote:
After Lady Thatcher died Bob Crow said she could "rot in hell". I am certain no-one will mind if we offer the same sentiments to him.
Most of all he won't mind, I'm certain, as it means he had an effect, even on people like you.

He did his job, he had his politics, and he excelled at both. And, like all Trade Unionists, he will know that his dedication to fairness, equality, and the working class will always continue, with others, even though he is gone.

Long live Bob!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Cyril Bolleaux[/bold] wrote: After Lady Thatcher died Bob Crow said she could "rot in hell". I am certain no-one will mind if we offer the same sentiments to him.[/p][/quote]Most of all he won't mind, I'm certain, as it means he had an effect, even on people like you. He did his job, he had his politics, and he excelled at both. And, like all Trade Unionists, he will know that his dedication to fairness, equality, and the working class will always continue, with others, even though he is gone. Long live Bob!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!! ourcoalition
  • Score: 2

9:16pm Tue 11 Mar 14

HJarrs says...

We need people like Bob who are not afraid to stand up to the establishment, not afraid of a bad headline and who stand up for decency and those that do not have a voice.

A sad loss, you will be missed Bob Crow. RIP.
We need people like Bob who are not afraid to stand up to the establishment, not afraid of a bad headline and who stand up for decency and those that do not have a voice. A sad loss, you will be missed Bob Crow. RIP. HJarrs
  • Score: 2

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