British transit union leader Bob Crow dies at 52

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Associated Press

Posted on March 11, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 11 at 6:06 AM

LONDON (AP) — Bob Crow, Britain's best known and most divisive trade union leader, has died at the age of 52.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport Union said Crow, its general secretary since 2002, died early Tuesday. It did not disclose the cause.

One of the few British union leaders to be a household name and recognizable face, Crow led his union through a series of disruptive strikes on London's busy public transit system.

Critics called him confrontational, and he was a villain to right-wing newspapers, but many union members saw him as a leader who got results.

With his bald head and cloth cap, Crow affected an old-fashioned, working-class demeanor, but he faced criticism for his six-figure salary and subsidized home.

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