Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 9°C

Search

UK: Controversial rail union boss Bob Crow dies suddenly

10:27 11 March 2014

Bob Crow

Bob Crow

Controversial rail union boss Bob Crow has died suddenly.

Mr Crow was general secretary of the Rail, Maritime, and Transport (RMT) union, and had been at the forefront of disputes with rail companies and London Transport over recent years.

Only last month he was involved in a live on-air spat with London Mayor Boris Johnson over a Tube strike which caused major problems for commuters and other travellers to London.

A brief statement from his union 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.”

4 comments

  • Did Boris have him poisoned? :-)

    Report this comment

    beerlover

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • 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.

    Report this comment

    Boris

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • My comment rejected by this labour loving paper

    Report this comment

    pandy

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • So what exactly is "controversial" about a trade union general secretary doing his best to protect his members' jobs and rights at work?

    Report this comment

    tgtround

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Buttermarket Ipswich.

Ipswich has been hailed as a great place to do business after the Buttermarket Centre was sold in a multi-million pound deal even before the final pieces are put into the redevelopment jigsaw.

Suffolk Constabulary's headquarters in Martlesham Heath, where the 999 control room is based.   Picture: SU ANDERSON

People seeking emergency help abandoned more 999 calls to police in Suffolk than anywhere else in the country.

Ipswich Towns Daryl Murphy and Adam Webster, of Norwich City, hang on to each other during last summer's match between the East Anglian rivals.  Picture: Steve Waller

It is one of the most hotly anticipated games of the season for football fans in Suffolk and Norfolk.

Man denies fraud in alleged romance scams. Picture: Muenz

A man conned five women out of money after meeting them through dating websites and telling them he was a former RAF pilot and businessman, a court heard.

Ipswich pub for sale

A landmark Ipswich town centre pub with full catering facilities and three bedroom flat is for sale, freehold, through Penn Commercial for £720,000.

Silhouette of a domestic abuse victim. Picture: Andy Abbott

A project pledging to give extra support to domestic abuse victims in Suffolk has been awarded hundreds of thousands of pounds in government funding.

Ipswich Hospital is facing a multimillion pound overspend this year. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Health providers in the region are on course for an £80million overspend this year – prompting fresh warnings about pressures facing the NHS.

Traffic on the Orwell Bridge. Picture: Lucy Taylor

A car has broken down in the outside lane which is causing problems for drivers heading towards Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds.

This blue jay flew straight at me in Sarasota, Florida. One shot, bang and it was gone.

Our iWitness picture of the day was taken on soil more exotic than that found in Suffolk - across the pond in America.

Police closed a section of the A14 near Bury St Edmunds today after fears were raised over a woman’s safety.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24