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Unionists pay respects


Today is a sad day, off to pay tribute to our late General Secretary Bob Crow.


We'll be at Manor Park overground station at 11.30am with our national banner to pay our respects to Bob Crow. #PCS


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


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.

Level crossing warning

Elsenham railway station in Essex
Elsenham railway station in Essex Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Hundreds of level crossings could be exceeding official death-risk limits.

A report by MPs said Rail regulators should set a target of zero fatalities at level crossings from 2020.

RMT's Bob Crow said crossings should be phased out quickly because of their danger.


Boris: Unions to return to full discussions with TfL

I'm pleased the TSSA and the RMT have agreed to call-off their planned strike following talks with Transport for London. It means further unnecessary disruption to London and Londoners has been averted.

TfLs negotiators have been ready since November to discuss the detail around ticket office closures and wider modernisation of the tube. It's welcome news that the unions appear to recognise that, and will return to full and substantive discussions with TfL between now and the end of the consultation period in early April.

Modernisation is essential if we are to properly serve the millions of Londoners who rely on the tube every day, and who expect a bigger, better service that offers value for money whilst protecting future investment. It is essential that our hard-working and dedicated staff, who are vital to the delivery of that vision, understand the changes we are proposing.

Sitting down to discuss those proposals, free from the prospect of strike action, was always the only sensible way forward. I'm grateful to TfLs negotiating team and pleased the unions agree this is the right way forward.

– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
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