Bob Crow, leader of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union has died at the age of 52 following a heart attack, the Union announced in a brief statement this morning.
Tributes for the late union leader were lead by Mayor of London Boris Johnson who described Mr Crow as a ‘fighter’ and a ‘man of character’; adding that regardless of their many political differences, Crow had ‘played a big part in the success of the tube.’ Former Mayor Ken Livingstone offered his own tribute to Crow stating that he was a tireless and passionate man young people could learn from, a man ‘who stood up for his members.’
Born in East London in 1961, Bob Crow got his very first job on the Underground at just 16 years old, fixing broken rails and cutting down overhanging trees on the track. A relentless campaigner and one not shy of confrontation, a day before his death the union leader had appeared on BBC Radio 4 arguing that MPs deserved a pay rise, regardless of the controversy surrounding the matter.
In perhaps the most fitting tribute to the late union leader’s character, Manuel Cortes, leader of the TSSA rail union, described Crow as a man who was ‘admired by his members and feared by employers, which is exactly how he liked it.’