Bob Crow, general secretary of rail union RMT, has said he is “being victimised” for refusing to move out of his taxpayer subsidised council house, despite earning a six figure salary.
Crow said he has “no moral duty” to move out of the North London home, even though the house could be used to provide accommodation for overcrowded families on the waiting list for social housing.
Speaking during an interview on London radio station LBC, Crow said moving out would be unfair on his family who has lived there for 30 years.
Crow, who earns £145,000 a year in salary and expenses, said: “I was born in a council house, [and] as far as I’m concerned I will die in one.
“It doesn’t say anywhere in the rules that ‘someone who pays their rent every week [and] doesn’t claim social security’ should have to give up their council home.
“It’s an absolute nonsense. I’m the only one down my road who pays their rent and I’m being victimised.”
During the interview, Crow blamed the lack of social housing on Margaret Thatcher, and said that if he moved out of his council house “the first thing you’d say is Comrade Crow leaves his roots”.
He revealed that the RMT could strike for a full working week over plans to cut manned ticket offices, which would result in the loss of 750 jobs.
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