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  1. FT Photo Diary

    March 24, 2014

    Farewell to Bob Crow

    Oli Scarff/Getty Images Well-wishers greet the horse-drawn funeral cortege of RMT General Secretary Bob Crow as it arrives...

  2. March 11, 2014

    Charismatic union leader with a quick wit

    Bob Crow, the RMT transport union leader who has died aged 52, was the stand out figure of the UK’s trade union movement; a...

  1. Off Message

    March 11, 2014

    Bob Crow versus history

    The RMT union leader died on Tuesday, three decades after the outbreak of the 1984 miners’ strike. Jim Pickard’s 2011...

  2. March 11, 2014

    Bob Crow, transport union general secretary, dies

    Bob Crow, leftwing leader of the RMT transport union, has died aged 52, his union announced on Tuesday. He is believed to...

  3. February 8, 2014

    Tube talks fail to avert further strike

    Talks aimed at averting a second 48-hour strike by London Underground workers failed on Friday, meaning the planned action...

  4. February 4, 2014

    London Underground workers begin 48-hour strike

    London commuters are to face two days of travel chaos after last-minute efforts to head off a strike by London Underground...

  5. January 10, 2014

    London Underground faces strike action

    London Underground was bracing itself for a strike by one of its unions after members voted for industrial action over plans...

  6. December 16, 2012

    Unions in ‘time of opportunity’ despite cuts

    Austerity may be hitting members hard but this is nonetheless a “time of opportunity” for trade unions, says Brendan Barber,...

  7. Westminster Blog

    September 10, 2012

    Is a union winter of discontent looming?

    Mood music about a winter of strikes has become as predictable an autumn occurrence as the first fall of leaves: but will it...

  8. July 12, 2012

    TUC’s first woman leader urges growth

    The woman chosen to head the Trades Union Congress at one of the most difficult moments in its recent history is seeking to...

  9. June 13, 2012

    Rail union to vote on action in Olympic row

    London’s biggest commuter rail network faces the threat of industrial action in the run-up to the Olympics, after its main...

  10. May 19, 2012

    Earnings cap planned for council tenants

    Families who earn more than £60,000 and live in government-owned housing could face a steep rise in rent under plans to end...

  11. April 17, 2012

    Tube maintenance workers back strike

    Workers at Tube Lines, the company which maintains part of London’s underground network, will stage a 72-hour strike next...

  12. February 28, 2012

    RMT rejects Olympic pay offer

    The Rail, Maritime and Transport union formally declared a dispute at London Underground on Tuesday after failing to make...

  13. January 30, 2012

    Fears of Olympics Tube strike dismissed

    London’s transport chief has brushed off fears of a strike by tube workers during the Olympics, despite the RMT union...

  14. January 13, 2012

    Network Rail faces prosecution for Grayrigg crash

    Network Rail is facing criminal prosecution for the 2007 Virgin Trains rail crash near the Cumbrian village of Grayrigg...

  15. December 30, 2011

    What they said over Lunch with the FT

     Life “I have a very few possessions a few papers, a couple of books, and a few shirts, jackets, sweaters. It fits in a...

  16. December 29, 2011

    Strike threat remains, say unions

    The threat of strikes in 2012 has not entirely receded despite a tentative deal struck over public sector pensions before...

  17. December 22, 2011

    Strike boosts ‘driverless trains’, says mayor

    A strike to disrupt London Underground on Boxing day strengthens the case for driverless trains, Boris Johnson, the mayor of...

  18. November 30, 2011

    Bob Crow calls for Labour strike support

    Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT transport union, addressed a rally in Tyneside on Wednesday, drawing applause when he...

  19. November 14, 2011

    Tube chief outlines driverless trains plan

    Mike Brown, managing director of London Underground, has a clear vision in which fully automatic, driverless trains will...

  20. FT Alphaville

    July 25, 2011

    Weekend catch-up

    Weekend headlines from the FT and other UK media:*   From The FT, - News Corp sells billboard businesses in Russia and...

  21. July 23, 2011

    RMT’s Crow may bolster hand with merger

    Bob Crow could strengthen his power in the rail industry after his Rail, Maritime and Transport Union announced merger talks...

  22. July 20, 2011

    Radical rail signal plan faces union battle

    The owner of Britain’s mainline rail network faces a battle with its staff over proposals to close nearly all Britain’s 800...

  23. June 29, 2011

    Souter sees way to get rail cost cuts on track

    Sir Brian Souter, the outspoken chief executive of Stagecoach, has warned that government plans to cut the rail industry’s...

  24. June 29, 2011

    Directors’ pay and pensions under scrutiny

    FTSE 100 directors have amassed final salary pension pots averaging £2.8m, according to research, while trade union bosses...

  25. May 13, 2011

    Network Rail fined £3m for Potters Bar crash

    The UK rail industry still has substantial room to improve its safety standards, its regulator has warned, after the...

  26. May 10, 2011

    Discord over Tube talks deepens

    Political tensions over two planned Tube strikes that sparked a clash between the London mayor and ministers have deepened...

  27. May 10, 2011

    Network Rail and unions reach ‘groundbreaking’ deal

    The owner of Britain’s mainline rail network says it has won a guarantee that none of its staff will strike during next...

  28. May 10, 2011

    Lib Dems attack Johnson over Tube strikes

    Senior Liberal Democrats attacked Boris Johnson on Monday over what they said was his failure to engage with union bosses as...

  29. March 29, 2011

    Suggestions for a cash-hungry Chancellor

    So, what’s your deficit-reducing tip? One suggestion from Bob Crow, he of the RMT transport union and tube strike infame, is...

  30. March 25, 2011

    Lunch with the FT: Bob Crow

    They say that people look like their dogs so I am not surprised when Bob Crow tells me he owns a Staffordshire bull terrier,...

  31. March 24, 2011

    Miliband to give speech at anti-cuts protest

    Labour MPs will come out in force for Saturday’s anti-cuts rally with most of the shadow cabinet, including leader Ed...

  32. March 23, 2011

    Unions see shift in favour of ‘wealthy elite’

    Union leaders savaged the Budget – and the coalition’s wider economic strategy – as they encouraged members to turn up in...

  33. March 15, 2011

    Cameron rules out Tory retreat on health reform

    There will be “no retreat” on the government’s plans for the National Health Service, the prime minister has told...

  34. Westminster Blog

    February 25, 2011

    Mandelson questions Ed Miliband's vision

    Nothing sensational so far in the revised Mandelson diaries, but this passage is thought-provoking: When Ed pronounced New...

  35. Westminster Blog

    February 25, 2011

    Introducing the FT's austerity calendar

    Sorry for the blogging silence on Thursday, I was enjoying a three-hour lunch with Bob Crow and also putting the final...

  36. February 24, 2011

    Cameron apologises to stranded Britons

    A multi-pronged rescue effort by the British authorities was underway on Thursday to retrieve citizens stuck in Libya as...

  37. Westminster Blog

    January 13, 2011

    Bob Crow questions £2m bonus for Lloyds chief

    Bob Crow, the head of the RMT union, makes an interesting parallel between the banks and the unions today – describing the...

  38. November 26, 2010

    London suffers fourth Tube strike

    London Underground managers have accused two of the system’s main unions of wrecking negotiations that could have averted...

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