Greg Tucker, a leading militant of the RMT transport union, of the International Socialist Group and of Socialist Resistance has died after battling throat cancer for more than a year. Despite being in a great deal of pain, Greg tried to stay involved to the end. Just two weeks before his death he was at the ISG conference and talking to comrades in Socialist Resistance about plans for their new website.
Over the 30 years since he joined the IMG Greg was continually active as a leading RMT militant, as a councillor in Lambeth during the rate capping battle, in the leadership of the ISG, at the refoundation of the Socialist Alliance and of Respect, as a member of the International Viewpoint editorial board, and as a member of the Fourth International's executive committee. Notoriously Greg arrived at every meeting late or left early because he had another meeting to go to.
Greg was a former member of the RMT executive, the secretary for the train crew and shunting grades nationally and a leading light at Waterloo Station. In 2002 he led a strike there after he was victimised and demoted by management. He was naturally witch hunted by the Evening Standard, but the strike was victorious. Paul Foot wrote a memorable column in the Guardian defending Greg and the strikers, while B-52 liberal and left-wing witch-hunter Dave Aaronovitch wrote a vicious piece in the Independent.
There was no major activity of the left from which Greg was absent, but no task too 'petty' for him to contribute to, from the first Anti-Nazi League carnival in 1977 to the anti-war movement and the European Social Forum in the new century.
A full appreciation of Greg's life and work will be published by the ISG soon.
Funeral and commemoration details
A Wake to Celebrate the Life of Greg Tucker: Greg’s many friends, workmates and comrades are welcome to join his family at the funeral and are also invited to attend a celebration of Greg’s life following the funeral from 13.30 hrs at The Bread & Roses Pub http://www.breadandrosespub.com/ 68 Clapham Manor St, London SW4 6DZ.