Britain’s largest union, Unite paid tribute to one of the trade union movement’s ‘greats’ today (Tuesday 3 October) after learning of the death of Rodney Bickerstaffe, former general secretary of both Unison and NUPE.
Expressing heartfelt condolences to Rodney’s family and friends, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “The union movement has lost one of its ‘greats’ today. Rodney was renowned for his warmth and encouragement towards young activists building the foundation of future leadership.
“From us all Rodney, thank you for all your service, your commitment to our values and your friendship. Our thoughts are with Rodney’s family and union friends.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
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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.