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Wednesday 12 March 2014


Yesterday, 11th March, BARAC UK were deeply saddened to hear the news that Bob Crow, leader of the RMT union had passed away. Bob was well respected by BARAC members, courageous, inspiring and uplifting in his actions and words. 

BARAC activists have had the honour of speaking on various platforms and campaigning alongside Bob from rallies against cuts and austerity to the annual RMT / Global Afrikan Congress Reparations Conference.

BARAC supports RMT cleaners strike during the Olympics, Stratford

Bob not only represented workers in the RMT but all of us facing cuts, austerity, poverty, discrimination and injustice in the UK and globally. We were often involved in the same campaigns, including against the disproportionate impact of cuts on black workers and  supporting family campaigns for justice and the annual United Friends and Family Campaign. RMT was amongst the first trade unions to affiliate to BARAC when we were established in 2010.

Zita Holbourne, Co-Chair BARAC with Bob Crow at an anti-austerity rally
BARAC representatives, Zita Holbourne, National Co-Chair of BARAC and Hector Wesley, BARAC National Steering Group Member, both also members of the National Executive Committee of the PCS Union attended the RMT Headquarters in London yesterday, taking flowers and giving condolences on what was a very sad day. 

Bob's passing is a huge loss to our movement. BARAC believes that the best way in which we can honour Bob's memory is to continue the great legacy he leaves us to stand up for our rights with courage and determination, to fight cuts, discrimination and injustice.

back of Rev Jesse Jackson wth Bob Crow

Our heartfelt condolences go to Bob's family, loved ones, friends and colleagues. Rest peacefully Bob Crow, Friend and Comrade, we salute you.

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