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23/03/2014 - Funeral of Bob Crow

bobcrowThe funeral of Bob Crow (13 June 1961 – 11 March 2014) is to take place in London on Monday.

The funeral itself will be private, but trade unionists will line the route of the procession with their banners.

The procession will start at Snakes Lane IG8 7GF at 12noon and arrive at the City of London Cemetery and Crematorium at approximately 12.45pm. A minute’s silence will be held at 1.30pm.

Mick Cash, RMT Senior Assistant General Secretary, said: “Today, on behalf of Bob Crow’s family, we are able to confirm arrangements for the funeral and commemoration of the life and work of our General Secretary whose death has rocked the trade union movement, both in this country and around the world, to its very core. The thousands of messages of condolence from every part of the globe are a testament to the courage, leadership and strength that Bob shared with so many people.

“Whilst Bob Crow’s funeral itself will be a strictly private affair his friends and family recognise that many people will want to show their solidarity, respect and support both on the day itself and on May Day. These arrangements give everyone a chance to play their part.”

Donations on behalf of Bob may be made to the British Heart Foundation and a dedicated area has been set up by the family on the British Heart Foundation’s website. You can donate here.

Bob Crow’s family has asked all RMT members and friends and colleagues to honour Bob and his legendary championing of workers’ rights, the Council of Executives have called for a National RMT Mobilisation for the London May Day march and rally where the union will be at the forefront of the demonstration and arrangements on the day.

The march and rally will be on Thursday 1st May in London and while the final details are being confirmed with the London May Day Organising Committee RMT is already building for a huge turn out in London on the day.

Patrick Harrington, General Secretary of Solidarity, commented:

"Bob Crow helped to kick me out of the RMT but I respected his principles and tough stance on behalf of rail workers. On the few occasions I met him he was honest and straightforward. He built the RMT by doing what all Union leaders should do - representing the interests of members. In a time when many abandoned their political beliefs in favour of switching according to polls and focus groups he remained steadfast in his Socialist values. Bob Crow was a 'Prince' of the Unions and a political fighter. He deserves to be honoured in death."