Tributes to the outstanding workers’ leader and unwavering socialist Bob Crow.
Responding to news about the death of RMT general secretary Bob Crow, Communist Party general secretary Robert Griffiths said: ‘The left and the labour movement have lost a great champion of workers and their families across the world. Bob was a deeply committed and principled socialist who fought as hard for the working class as our political enemies fight for the capitalist class. That’s why he has earned the undying affection and respect of millions of workers – and the undying hatred of the right-wing mass media’.
The Southern and Eastern Region Trades Union Congress is shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Bob Crow. We have lost a good friend, a good leader, and a good man.
Bob was a strong supporter of learning from our history, and a constant supporter of the Burston Strike School rally.
What did he say? “What do people join a trade union for?
“Job security, being safe, best possible pay, best possible terms and conditions, decent pension, and a world that lives in peace.
“Who is going to hold a banner for people in the street if a trade union doesn’t carry it for them?”
We send our sincere condolences to Bob’s family and members.
Communist Party of Ireland
The Communist Party of Ireland expresses it deepest sympathy to the family of Bob Crow and the members of the RMT. Bob was one of the most outstanding trade union and working class leaders of this generation.
He was a fearless leader of his union, shying away from the usual trappings of power and life style that far too many trade union leaders fall victim to.
He was a great friend of Irish workers and the cause of Irish unity. He was a frequent visitor to Ireland, especially to the annual Jim Connell Red Flag Festival, Crossakiel, Co Meath.
He stood out from most of the contemporary trade union leaders with his strong opposition to the European Union and imperialism. A strong supporter of Cuba and Venezuela. He followed in and filled the footsteps of the giants of the workers movement in Britain and in particular of the railway workers.
A passionate, principled and modest workers’ leader. He led from the front, challenging those who wish to limit the vision and destiny of the British working class. Statement ends
Eugene Mc Cartan General Secretary
Public and Commercial Services Union
Bob Crow, RMT general secretary who died this morning, was a “towering force in the trade union movement”.
The union paid tribute to Bob as a tireless fighter for RMT members and working class people, who fearlessly refused to be dictated to by politicians and the media.
The RMT grew under his leadership and is now rightly recognised as one of the country’s most effective trade unions.
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka, who sat on the TUC general council with Bob, said: “We are all absolutely devastated by the news and send our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
“Bob was a tireless fighter for RMT members and working class people and a towering force in the trade union movement.
“Bob was a great friend of PCS and never wavered in his support for us. Today we have lost a friend, a comrade and the greatest union leader of his generation.”
PCS national president Janice Godrich said: “I first met Bob more than 15 years ago and have been honoured to work with him and campaign alongside him.
“I sat beside him on the TUC general council and we shared many platforms, including recently in the ongoing fight for justice for the Shrewsbury 24 campaign.
“Contrary to the image of him portrayed in sections of the media, Bob was a man of humility but, above all, a man of great integrity.
“He had a wicked sense of humour, an absolute ability to cut through the waffle and a complete understanding that trade union leaders are only as strong as the union behind them.”