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Unite honours Vic, 2012


Fearless union hero – imprisoned Vic Turner released July 26, 1972


Clyde Shipyard workers to protect their jobs. After he eventually left the docks when the Royal group closed, and after a spell at Tilbury, Vic got a job with Newham Council as a trade refuse officer and joined the Labour Party. In 1984 he was elected as a Labour councillor, eventually serving as mayor.


The events of 1972 and the name of the Pentonville Five will


remain a landmark in recent labour history,


commemorated in a painting by Dan Jones that hangs outside the TUC’s general council chamber. As Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey, said at the time of his death, “Vic Turner represented all that is good about the dockers in particular and working people more generally. To go to prison in the cause of trade union freedom is not something many of us have to face, we can only hope that we would live up to the example that Vic Turner set.”


31 uniteWORKS May/June 2013


Peter Arkell/reportdigital.co.uk


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