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 It is based on an original autobiography (unpublished), which she gave to Unite.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.