Far left union boss Bob Crow left a fortune to his second wife, according to the Sun. The boss of the rail workers union the RMT died of a massive heart attack in March and left over £100k to Nicola Hoarau. He left his first wife and his first daughter out of the will.
The document was released earlier this week and states that the “net value” of the estate does not exceed £106,000. This is unlikely to include his pension and is probably savings and investments as he lived in a council house, property aimed at the poor that is subsidised by the taxpayer.
The late union boss was known for his expensive tastes, all paid for by his members. He had a pay packet in excess of £135,000 a year, but still refused to move out of his taxpayer-funded home to make way for a family in genuine need.
Taxpayer subsidies for his home in Essex may well be the reason for the size of his estate as he was never forced to pay the commercial cost of the property. This high salary and low outgoings also enabled him to spend a fortune on luxury holidays, such as the winter sun cruise to Barbados and Brazil he took with Ms Hoarau.
Just days after he was photographed on the beach in Rio, RMT members on the London Underground rail network plunged London into travel chaos by going on strike. Crow later said: “I don’t give two hoots. Would it be better if I went on holiday in a caravan to make myself look working class? I won’t apologise for it.”
The £100,000 is not the only thing he left his ex-wife with. She was also ushered into a job running the RMT credit union in 2010. This followed his chance meeting with her in the street after which he texted saying: “I’m going to stand under the lamp post outside your home. If you don’t like what you see, don’t come down.”
The risky move paid off and the pair went on to have three children: Tanya, Natasha and Anthony. Crow claimed that his wife was the only applicant when she applied for the RMT job. It was unclear whether this claim was true, although it does seem unlikely at the time.
Mr Crow’s death was a personal tragedy for his family but a deliverance for those who use London transport. He spent his career deliberately disrupting the transport network over minor disputes between his members and transport bosses.
He described himself as a “communist” and a “socialist”.