Manchester Trades Union Council notes with great sadness the death of Tony Benn.
Tony was a lifelong ally of the trade union movement and unfailingly stood with workers in struggle. He was a Member of Honour of the National Union of Journalists.
In disputes such as the Upper Clyde shipbuilders’ work-in, the miners’ strikes of 1972 & 74, Grunwick, the heroic struggle of the NUM in 1984-85 and countless others, Tony Benn stood shoulder to shoulder with workers.
Tony continued to campaign right up to the end of his life, eloquent testimony to his character and the strength of his belief in a better world.
The trade union movement will miss Tony’s inspiring presence and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.