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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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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Condolences 'from every part of the globe' for Bob Crow

Mick Cash, the RMT's senior assistant general secretary, said Mr Crow's death had rocked the trade union movement, both in this country and around the world.

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.

– Mick Cash, RMT's senior assistant general secretary

RMT hope for huge May Day turnout for Crow

The RMT hope for a huge May Day turnout for the trade union leader who died earlier this month Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union said Mr Crow's family have asked for the funeral service at the City of London Cemetery and Crematorium to be private but have invited trade unionists, friends and colleagues of Mr Crow to line the route of the funeral procession.

The procession will include trade union banners and flags and will end at the cemetery gates.

But the RMT executive said it hoped for a huge turnout at the annual May Day march in London to honour Mr Crow, who died earlier this month at the age of 52.

Mick Cash, the RMT's senior assistant general secretary, said Mr Crow's death had rocked the trade union movement, both in this country and around the world.

RMT hopes for show of 'solidarity, respect and support'

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.

– Mick Cash, RMT Senior Assistant General Secretary

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Funeral of Bob Crow to take place next week

The funeral of rail union leader Bob Crow will be held on March 24, with the service being private, and a bigger event planned on May Day.

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Bob Crow's family have asked for the funeral service at the City of London Cemetery and Crematorium to be private. Trade unionists, friends and colleagues of Mr Crow, will be invited to line the route of the funeral procession.

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