- Also check our best rated Biography reviews
Union Man: Autobiography Hardcover – 26 Aug 1986
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Customers who bought this item also bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Showing 1-7 of 7 reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The opening of the book reflects on his years growing up in Garston in Liverpool, through to his volunteering to go to the Spanish Civil War, and the move to be a trades union organiser in Coventry and onwards.
What comes over is how astute and how honest Jack Jones was. How he always fought for the worker and the underdog.
The union movement today has a few good leaders, but Jack Jones was truly outstanding.Well worth a read.
Born in 1913 and raised in poverty in Liverpool, Jones started working life in the Liverpool docks, the birthplace of many militant trade unionists, socialists and communists.
Badly wounded at the Ebro in the Spanish Civil War, Jones went on to become probably the most powerful Trade Union leader in UK history, nicknamed as one of the "terrible twins" along with Hugh Scanlon by the right wing press in the 70's.
Modest to a fault, quietly spoken, he was elected General Secretary of the huge Transport and General Workers Union in 1968 where he remained until retirement in 1977.
Since his death there have been some fairly serious accusations about where Jack Jone's real loyalties laid, although a Labour Party member he was considered to be a 'fellow traveller' by some. However that in itself was not unusual amongst his generation, many of whom had loyalty to other than free market capitalism. If he was a red then I for one am not bothered, in fact he goes up in my estimation. Before all the right wingers start calling me things, the answer is yes I am.
I do note however, that these claims were only made after his death.
An interesting and well written auto-biography that covers industrial relations and attitudes from the 30's to almost the 80's, not written by bosses, intellectuals, politicians or scholars, but by a working class lad who was in the thick of it.