File photo of RMT leader Bob Crow.

RMT union leader Bob Crow dies aged 52

The trade union movement is in shock after the sudden death of rail union leader Bob Crow, who passed away early this morning aged 52

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Tributes paid to 'massive contribution' of Crow and Benn

Trade union activists have lead the tributes to Bob Crow and Tony Benn ahead of their annual May Day march.

This year's London May Day presents a huge opportunity for the trade unions and the community to both pay tribute to the massive contribution made by Bob Crow and Tony Benn to the fight for workers' rights and to send out the clear message that the battle goes on. "The traditional London May Day march has always been a celebration of international solidarity and the 2014 event will do just that in honour of Bob and Tony.

– Tony Lennon, Chief Steward from the London May Day Organising Committee

RMT branches and regions have been building for a massive turn out on May Day in London in memory of both Bob Crow and Tony Benn under the theme "Don't Mourn - Organise" - the immortal words of the union organiser Joe Hill.

RMT is grateful for the work and support of the London May Day Organising Committee who have given us such a huge international platform at the heart of the capital city to honour Bob and Tony.

– Mick Cash, RMT Acting General Secretary

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May day march remembers Bob Crow & Tony Benn

Bob Crow, former leader of RMT Credit: PA Wire

Trade union activists say their annual May Day march will commemorate two of the titans of their movement; the former leader of the RMT Bob Crow and the former Labour MP Tony Benn.

The London May Day Organising Committee said it wanted to pay tribute to their work but also put across the message that the movement should not just mourn but also organise to fight for rights for workers.

Tony Benn Credit: PA Wire

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Unionists pay respects

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Today is a sad day, off to pay tribute to our late General Secretary Bob Crow. http://t.co/yiAxIBukUi

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We'll be at Manor Park overground station at 11.30am with our national banner to pay our respects to Bob Crow. http://t.co/tYn5APAEgl #PCS

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#solidarity to all those attending Bob Crow's funeral today, RIP Bob a massive loss to the movement @rmtunion #RMT

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