RMT leader Bob Crow's funeral to be private, says union

Bob Crow Bob Crow was one of Britain's most high-profile union leaders

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The funeral of Rail, Maritime and Transport union leader Bob Crow will take place on Monday and will be a private service, the union has said.

The general secretary died last week of a suspected heart attack, aged 52.

Mr Crow's family have requested the City of London Cemetery and Crematorium funeral be private but trade unionists, friends and colleagues will be invited to line the route of the procession.

A bigger event is being planned for May Day, the union said.

Mr Crow had led the RMT since 2002, and became one of Britain's most high-profile union leaders.

'Show solidarity'

Mick Cash, the RMT's senior assistant general secretary, said the union was hoping for a big turn-out at the annual May Day march in London to honour Mr Crow.

"On behalf of Bob Crow's family, we are able to confirm arrangements for the funeral and commemoration of the life and work of our general secretary, whose death has rocked the trade union movement, both in this country and around the world, to its very core," he said.

"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."

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