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The RMT Parliamentary Group meets today and will be remembering the union’s former General Secretary Bob Crow, who died five years ago on this day – 11 March – in 2014.

The Labour movement was devastated to hear that this formidable class fighter had suddenly passed away. It had been Bob’s initiative, with John McDonnell MP, to set up a new RMT Parliamentary Group in 2002, and its formation and campaigning work led the way in transforming the work of trade unions in Parliament.

Bob always played an active role with the Group, taking every opportunity to bring the concerns of RMT members to the attention of Parliamentarians. John McDonnell tabled Early Day Motion 1164 as a tribute, which was supported by 66 MPs.

It read: “That this House records with sadness the tragic loss of Bob Crow, RMT General Secretary; sends its deepest condolences to his family, friends and the members of his union; and recognises him as one of the most outstanding trade union leaders of his generation, who was very much loved by his RMT members and also respected across the transport industry for his tireless work for a better and safer transport system.”

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BOOK: COST OF LIVING CRISIS

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By MIchael Calderbank

Foreword by Mark Serwotka, PCS General Secretary

 

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Based on research commissioned by the TUCG, the book examines why costs have risen for all items of expenditure, ranging from housing and child care to food and transport. He makes practical proposals on how these costs can be reduced. He also delivers an uncompromising message to the leaders of all mainstream Westminster Parties: it is time to end the politics of austerity, an ideological project to cut the size of the state permanently.