RIP Bob Crow

2014-03-17 Jennifer Renney-Butland posted:

Love him or hate him, Bob Crow was probably Britain's highest profile union leader this century. General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers since 2002, he was so popular that the Union’s membership rocketed, at a time when other Unions were haemorrhaging members. Often in confrontation with employers, the most recent being London Underground, employees were not afraid to follow his guidance to strike for better pay and conditions.

Mr Crow's death represents a huge loss to the trade union and labour movement in the UK. Whilst he has been heavily criticised over the years by politicians and the media, few would doubt that he was one of the most effective trade union leaders in terms of doing the job he was paid to do: protecting the job security of employees, increasing their pay and improving their conditions.

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