Unite statement on the death of Nigel Gawthrope, Mayor of Cambridge and Unite activist
- Monday 14 January 2019
Unite assistant general secretary Tony Burke said: “The sudden and tragic death of Nigel Gawthrope, Mayor of Cambridge and long-standing Unite activist in the union’s printing sector while on holiday in South Africa is tragic news. Our thoughts go out to his wife Jenny and his family at this very sad time.
“The people of Cambridge have lost a fine and dedicated public servant, where he was a Labour councillor from 2012. He loved being Mayor of Cambridge – one of the UK’s most progressive cities, but with its fair share of social problems.
“I knew Nigel for many years. He was a staunch and dedicated trade unionist, an internationalist and a socialist. He was a bookbinder by trade and father of the chapel (senior union rep) at Cambridge University Press where he worked from 1974 until 2012. He always fought hard on behalf of his members in a difficult environment for the UK’s print industry during a period of intense technological change and supported the print unions coming together.
“He will be sorely missed by his many friends at Unite and across the trade union movement and Labour Party and in the printing industry.”
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