I was saddened to hear of the sudden death of Bob Crow, the General Secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers Union.
He took charge of a shrinking Union representing workers in industries battered by privatisation and anti-union campaigns which he leaves as one of the unions still growing, in numbers and strength. He defied mainstream consensus and relied on grassroots organisation to build the Union. Under him the Union fought for public services as well its own members. Interestingly while his Union, one of the founders of the Labour Party, fell out with the national organisation under New Labour, it now sponsors more MPs than ever before.
Tough in his principles, he kept the support of his members despite media assaults. I mourn along with them. His legacy will be a hard one to follow.