“Whatever arguments we’ve had with him, and criticisms we’ve made of him, Bob was one of the best union leaders in the country, if not the best. His vilification by the right-wing media is testament to that,” said a Workers’ Liberty railworker after the sudden death on 11 March of RMT rail union leader Bob Crow.
Whenever railworkers struck to defend pay or conditions, the Sun would cover it as Crow being a “union bully” who caused “misery for millions of commuters”. They would denounce him for living a council house, and “expose” him every time he went out for dinner or had a drink.
He stood out among union leaders because he would support his union members when they wanted to take action, rather than obstructing or delaying action. He would champion their cause forthrightly, rather than apologising for or appearing ashamed of the action.
Solidarity will carry an obituary in our next issue.