Mandela’s spirit will live on as a beacon of hope, say...

Mandela’s spirit will live on as a beacon of hope says Unite

06 December 2013

Responding to the death of Nelson Mandela, Len McCluskey general secretary of Britain’s largest union, Unite, said: “Unite extends the hand of friendship and solidarity to the South African people. Nelson Mandela was an inspiration to all. His spirit will live on as a beacon of hope for those across the world fighting for freedom and against oppression.  

“The father of modern South Africa, Nelson Mandela’s struggle for justice, freedom and equality liberated a people and extinguished apartheid. 

“He showed the world that you can have justice without vengeance. He embodied and fought for trade union values of equality, anti-racism and social justice – values that we treasure and continue to struggle for. 

“Nelson Mandela’s life was a life of self-sacrifice for what was right and just. His fight is our fight and we honour him.”


For further information contact Alex Flynn, Unite head of media and campaigns, on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665 869.

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Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.