Mohammad Taj

Steering From The Front


Elected TUC President on 11 September 2013, the first Muslim and the first South Asian President, Mohammad Taj’s story is an incredible journey. When thousands of people saw Taj’s photo which featured in a poster campaign by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, this is what they read :

“My name is Mohammad Taj. I am an immigrant. For 40 years I have been a bus driver and committed trade unionist fighting for the rights of ordinary working people” Foreword By Diana Holland Unite Assistant General Secretary for Transport and Equalities, Executive Board member of the ITF – International Transport Workers Federation.

Julia Varley

Trade Union Organiser And Fighter For Women's Rights


Julia Varley was a working class woman who fought all her life for equal and civil rights, decent pay and working conditions. From an early age she recognised the power of collectivism and over the rest of her life she recruited many thousands of people to join her in the struggle for VOTES FOR WOMEN and TRADE UNION BARGAINING RIGHTS and without which all workers are at the mercy of the employing class. Introduction by Jim Mowatt, Director of Education.

Betty Tebbs

A Radical Working Class Hero


I am immensely proud that Unite has published this biography of the legendary Betty Tebbs. It is based on an original autobiography (unpublished), which she gave to Unite. Born at the end of First World War, Betty became an activist in one of Unite’s legacy unions, the National Union of Printing, Bookbinding and Paper Workers, which later became SOGAT and eventually the GPMU. As a young woman Betty worked in the papermaking industry in East Lancashire. It was in this industry she began her work as a union activist, eventually becoming a highly respected Mother of the Chapel (the print industry term for a woman Senior Shop Steward). Foreword By Len McCluskey.

Benny Rothman

A Fighter For The Right To Roam, Workers' Rights And Socialism


Benny Rothman is, of course, best known for the major part he played in the historic mass trespass over Kinder Scout in April 1932. It is universally accepted that this paved the way for the 1949 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act and ultimately the “Right to Roam” Countryside and Rights of Way Act of 2000. Foreword By Jim Mowatt

The T & G Story


The Transport and General Workers Union was the biggest trade union in Britain for much of the 20th century, with its membership in the late 1970s reaching more than two million. It organised workers across the whole economy - from the docks to the car factories, from light engineering to aviation - and its activities touched the lives of many.