Many people – particularly those who commuted in London - disliked Bob Crow.
He was an inconvenience. The strikes which beset London Underground were usually accompanied by his gruff, snarling face making demands via a TV news camera on the picket line.
He was like a figure from another time, a cut-out of 1970's trade unionism still alive and kicking in the 21st Century. He was a part of a political consensus which was supposed to be hopelessly wrapped up in the past.
But what Crow was really doing was extraordinarily simple. He was doing his job.
He was representing his members. He was standing up for the workers who comprised his union.
He fought off attempts to apply the same low-pay, hire-and-fire culture to London Underground as was being imposed elsewhere in the economy.
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