Ken Livingstone, the former Mayor of London, has lead tributes to RMT leader Bob Crow who died in the early hours of this morning after a heart attack.
Livingstone said to Sky News: “I assumed he would be at my funeral not me at his.”
“He fought really hard for his members. The only working-class people who still have well-paid jobs in London are his members.”
Livingstone said Crow was “broadly right on most key issues” and if more people had fought for the working classes “this country would be a much better place”.
“With the passage of time people will come to see that people like Bob Crow did a very good job.”
Current Mayor Boris Johnson has issued a statement saying he had been shocked to learn of the death of “a fighter and a man of character”.
“Whatever our political differences, and there were many, this is tragic news.
“Bob fought tirelessly for his beliefs and for his members.
“There can be absolutely no doubt that he played a big part in the success of the tube, and he shared my goal to make transport in London an even greater success.
“It’s a sad day.”
According to the Guardian, Manuel Cortes, leader of the TSSA rail union, who stood on picket lines with Crow during last month’s tube strike, said: “Bob Crow was admired by his members and feared by employers, which is exactly how he liked it.
“It was a privilege to campaign and fight alongside him because he never gave an inch.”