- Ron Todd
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Ronald Todd (
March 11 1927– April 30 2005), generally known as Ron Todd, was the general secretaryof the Transport and General Workers Union(TGWU), then the largest general trade union in the United Kingdom, from 1985 until 1992.
Todd was born in
Walthamstow, London. His father was a stallholder in a local street marketand Todd left school at the age of 14 to work in a barber's shop. He also worked as an assistant to a plumberbefore being conscripted into the Royal Marinesin the last days of World War II. For a time he served alongside his father in the Marines and was posted to Hong Kong.
After completing his
national service, Todd returned to plumbing and then worked in the Ford factory in Dagenham, where he joined the TGWU. He became a shop stewardin 1955 and then deputy convenor, before becoming a full-time district officer in 1962 as local officer of the TGWU's Metal, Engineering and Chemical Group. In 1969, he became the first group secretary of the Region One Vehicle Building and Automotive Trade Group. He became regional secretary for Region One (London, the Southeast and East Anglia) in 1975, before being promoted to national organiser in March 1978.
After being elected to succeed
Moss Evansas the union's seventh general secretary in 1985, following a second ballot, he was also named as an honorary vice-president of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Todd earned a reputation for his commitment to human rights and was a vocal opponent of apartheidin South Africa. He was succeeded as general secretary by Bill Morris.
Ron Todd died of
leukaemia, from which he had been suffering for some time.
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