Bob Crow tried to make this strike about pay, then it was about conditions, then it was about safety, then it was about showing solidarity to workers facing disciplinary action. The truth is that the strike was always about him and his desire to flex his muscle.
Clearly other transport unions and even other members of the RMT didn’t want to play his game. His call for “all out” action has failed with many union members turning up to work and any attempt to win public opinion has dramatically failed.
The only people in London who seem to have any sympathy with Bob Crow’s position are the Labour group on the London Assembly. At this morning’s meeting we tabled a motion condemning the cabal at the top of the RMT for this costly and disruptive strike. Labour put forward an amendment trying to water down the condemnation and shift the blame onto the Mayor.
They clearly hadn’t budgeted for the unwillingness of the other left of center groups to support their amendment. Both the Greens and the Lib Dems were on the side of Londoners and unequivocally condemned the strike.
Labour were left looking very foolish and join Bob Crow in the dinosaur side of the argument.