STUC saddened by death of Jimmy Reid

August 11th 2010

UCS

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) were saddened to learn today of death of Jimmy Reid.

General Secretary, Grahame Smith said

“As we approach the 40th anniversary of the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders work-in it is appropriate to reflect on the historic achievement of Jimmy Reid, the Stewards Committee and the shipyard workers who, with the support of the Scottish trade union movement mounted the campaign to prevent the loss of shipbuilding on the upper Clyde.

“Undoubtedly Jimmy was a source of inspiration to many in the trade union movement. His leadership in the dispute and ability to convince the workers that a sit in, rather than strike action and losing control of the yard, would secure shipbuilding on the upper Clyde which remains as a legacy to Jimmy and his colleagues.

“Throughout his life his never ending interest in campaigning for just causes stretched from the Scottish Pensioners Forum to fighting for the causes of the oppressed throughout the world.

“Jimmy’s life as a trade union and political activist, University Chancellor and latterly as a journalist and broadcaster revealed his many outstanding skills as a provocative, thoughtful and intelligent campaigner and commentator

“Our thoughts are with his wife Joan and his family at this sad time.”

ENDS

For further information contact Ian Tasker 0141 337 8100

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