Date Released: 26 March 2014
Thousands of trade unionists, political activists and members of the public lined the streets of East London along the funeral procession route of RMT General Secretary Bob Crow on Monday, 24th March.
As the black horse drawn carriage bearing the coffin of the trade union leader passed by the crowds applauded and cheered.
The funeral was held in private in the City of London cemetery in Manor Park. A major commemoration of the life of Bob Crow will be held on May Day in London.
SIPTU General Secretary, Joe O’Flynn, expressed his sincere condolences on behalf of his union at the death of the RMT General Secretary.
He said: “Bob Crow was a true champion for workers and fought relentlessly to improve their pay and conditions over many years.
“He was loved by his members in the RMT across Britain. He was also a friend of SIPTU and of Irish workers and never failed to support them whenever he could.”
Crow was a frequent visitor to Ireland and a major supporter of the annual Jim Connell Red Flag Festival in Meath. Last year he addressed the SIPTU Biennial Delegate Conference in the Mansion House, Dublin.