Date: 11 August 2010
UNISON's Scottish Secretary Matt Smith today paid tribute to former shipyard union leader Jimmy Reid, who died today.
Matt said: “Scottish trade unionists are today mourning the loss of one of our great leaders.
“Jimmy Reid, and the others of the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders shop stewards’ committee, showed what ordinary people can do to change their lives and the lives of many others for the better. They inspired countless others over the years.
“Jimmy Reid was a fighter for Scotland and for the traditions of our public services. I am privileged to have known Jimmy over many years. On behalf of UNISON Scotland, I send deepest sympathy to his family at this great loss.”