Spe­cial talk by for­mer Unite leader

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

A for­mer north-east trade union leader has trav­elled across the Irish Sea to re­turn to his home­land for a spe­cial talk.

For­mer Unite north-east re­gional rep­re­sen­ta­tive Tommy Camp­bell was guest speaker at the Fer­managh County Mu­seum, En­niskillen Cas­tle, North­ern Ire­land.

Mr Camp­bell, who was pre­vi­ously the sec­re­tary of Fer­managh Trade Union Coun­cil (TUC) be­fore mov­ing to Scot­land, spoke on the his­tory of trade union­ism in the county.

The ex­hi­bi­tion was of­fi­cially opened by Coun­cil­lor Diana Arm­strong, vicechair­woman of Fer­managh and Omagh District Coun­cil, on

“I was hon­oured to be asked... It is a real mark of recog­ni­tion”

Satur­day and will con­tinue un­til Jan­uary next year.

Mr Camp­bell said unions had been influentia­l in over­com­ing re­li­gious and sec­tar­ian di­vi­sions in the prov­ince.

He said: “I was hon­oured to be asked to speak at this event, it is a real mark of recog­ni­tion.

“When we were cam­paign­ing 40 years ago we never thought we were mak­ing his­tory and it is fas­ci­nat­ing to look back on it.

“Trade unions here have been influentia­l in rep­re­sent­ing peo­ple no mat­ter what their re­li­gious or cul­tural back­ground or opin­ions are and that is some­thing I take a great deal of pride in.

“When I moved to Scot­land I saw that we car­ried on the same strug­gle.

“The work­ers of Aberdeen and the north-east are re­ally no dif­fer­ent from the work­ers of Fer­managh. Only the ac­cents are dif­fer­ent.”

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