Unite rep in tragic accident

Unite rep in tragic accident

24 July 2013

A tribute to Alan Neve: 5 October 1958 - 15 July 2013

Alan Neve, one of the longest serving reps at PRS for Music, was tragically killed on Monday 15 July outside Holborn underground station while cycling to work.

Alan's colleague at PRS for Music, Lee Howell, writes: "Alan was married and had one daughter and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this very sad time.

"Alan joined the MSF union on the 26 August 1984 and a few years later became a workplace representative here at PRS for Music.

"Alan was our longest serving rep here at PRS for Music putting in over 25 years of his time into the role. In fact in the late 1990s he, along with others, was instrumental in gaining union recognition for our branch. He was a dogged and determined force in our meetings over the years, particularly in defending the old redundancy policy that exists here at PRS for Music for employees that started before June 2008, which is substantially better than the newer policy that is more in line with the statutory redundancy payout. He was always very keen to defend the pay and conditions that exist here at PRS for Music.                                          

"I recall him telling me that back in the 1980s he would often have his drawers at his desk full of union subs money from various members he had managed to recruit, which is a far cry from the set up we know today.

"Alan will be sorely missed by all of his work colleagues here at PRS for Music but most of all by me and the other Unite workplace representatives here. Alan was a true character and had such a fantastic sense of humour, it is very difficult to think that we will never again get time to share a laugh and a joke with him."

Peter Storey, regional officer, reported that on the 23 July Unite members at PRS for Music met to celebrate Alan's life with a cold beer to send Alan on his way. Alan was remembered at the Champion pub where union meetings have taken place over many years and where Alan inspired many of the current reps to become active with his humour and fearless eloquence. 

Peter said: "Alan was a friend and comrade in the true sense of the word who always understood and accommodated every point of view. He was a skilful negotiator and a modern trade unionist, often heard challenging sexist views and supporting the feminist cause. Alan's strength and example will be missed and remembered."