Unite, the UK’s largest union, will unveil a commemorative blue plaque tomorrow (Friday 30 January) to honour Merseyside seamen and trade unionists who supported the African National Congress (ANC) struggle against apartheid.
The event – organised by Unite North West region and supported by Liverpool City Council – will take place on Friday 30 January at Jack Jones House, 2 Churchill Way, Liverpool L3 8EF from 13:30 hours.
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey will be speaking at the event along with the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, and the High Commissioner for South Africa, Obed Mlaba. Other guests include TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady, former Unite general secretary Tony Woodley and local MPs together with trade union members and activists.
As well as the plaque unveiling, former Unite general secretary Tony Woodley, will be rededicating the regional office to Jack Jones – Liverpool-born trade unionist who fought in the Spanish Civil War and later became the general secretary of the Transport and General Workers’ Union – and will be joined by Jack’s son, Jack, and other family members.
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey ahead of tomorrow’s event said: “It is an honour that Liverpool seamen will be recognised and remembered in my home town, with a permanent plaque which can be viewed by many visitors at Jack Jones House.
“This is a day to commemorate and celebrate the strength of trade unions and the achievements of working people.
“These were brave local people who made a difference, who left their mark on the world and are a tribute to our great city. They should never be forgotten.
“In keeping their memory alive we celebrate too those who are still prepared to fight to defend what they believe in, determined to work together for a better life for all.
“So it is only fitting that on this special occasion we welcome Jack Jones’s family as we rededicate this building in his honour. Jack was a giant of our movement, a man who never shrunk from tackling injustice and whose flame still burns brightly for our movement. We are so very proud that his name will forever be a part of this union.”
There will also be music from folk singer/songwriter Alun Parry.
For further information please contact Unite communications officer Karen Viquerat on 07768 931 316 or the Unite press office on 0203 371 2065.
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Notes to editors:
Media are warmly welcome to attend the unveiling at 13:45 hours.
• 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.