Compañero Bob Crow, ¡Presente!

The Chilean community in the UK is shocked at the tragic news that Bob Crow, the RMT union general secretary, has passed away.

We offer our heartfelt condolences and solidarity to Bob’s family and to the RMT and its members at this difficult times.

We have lost a proper fighter and a committed internationalist.

Compañero Bob Crow, RIP

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“RMT welcomes the formation of the Chile 40 Years On network, which celebrates the international solidarity movement that sprung up in the wake of the military coup of 11 September 1973.

I am proud to say that members of our union played their part alongside other trade unionists in helping political refugees from Chile who came to Britain.

Thousands of Chileans were tortured and killed under the regime of General Augusto Pinochet. Many “disappeared” and their families to this day do not know what happened to them. All this came about in the interests of big business, to prevent Salvador Allende’s government implementing a programme that included nationalisation of key industries and redistribution of wealth.

While the labour movement helped the victims of Chile’s Junta, Margaret Thatcher and other Conservatives supported Pinochet’s brutal regime. In fact, Thatcher was an admirer of Pinochet’s free-market policies and remained a lifelong personal friend.

Chile 40 Years On serves as a reminder of an important period of modern history and the great spirit of international solidarity that RMT believes is an essential part of trade unionism.”

Bob Crow, General Secretary, RMT

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