RMT leader Bob Crow dies

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Maggie Chapman has spoken of her sadness at the death of RMT general secretary Bob Crow, who passed away this morning at the age of just 52.

Maggie said:

“I am greatly saddened by the news of Bob Crow’s death. Under his leadership, the RMT has had great success in advancing the interests of their members and the travelling public. That isn’t down to one man, but it is down to his work alongside the members.

“Unfortunately Bob won’t see the railways back in public hands, but when they are he will be one of those who deserve most credit.”

Bob Crow fought against the privatisation of the railways his whole working life. The Greens have committed to bringing the railways back into public ownership, the only major party to do so.

Green MP Caroline Lucas has lodged a private member’s bill to renationalise each of the English rail franchises as they come up for renewal.

The Scottish Greens argue similarly that ScotRail should not be refranchised for private profit when its current licence comes to an end on 31 March 2015.