Jack Jones

Jack Jones was born in Liverpool in 1913 and worked first in engineering and then on the docks. He became a shop steward in the Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU), took a Ruskin College correspondence course and attended the Liverpool Labour College. He went on the 1934 Hunger March to London and during the Spanish Civil War, he joined the International Brigade and was wounded at Ebro, Spain in 1938. He was an elected Liverpool City Councillor 1936-1939. He became TGWU Coventry District Secretary in 1939 and Midlands Secretary in 1955, joining the Unions Executive 1964-1967 and became TGWU General Secretary 1969-1978. During this period, he was (along with Hugh Scanlon) seen as one of the most influential and well known trade union leaders. TGWU membership reached over 2 million, larger than any other union in Europe. He sat on the TUC General Council 1968-1978 and a number of public bodies including the National Economic Development Council and the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service.

After his retirement, he became active in pension campaign and founded the National Pensioners Convention in 1992.

Title Jack Jones, TUC Congress,1975
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Production Date 1975
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Holding Institution TUC Library Collections, London Metropolitan University
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