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From The Socialist newspaper, 12 May 2021
Obituary - Jon Elvin
Jon Elvin (left) (Click to enlarge)
It is with sadness that I have to inform you of the death of our dear friend and comrade Jon Elvin.
Jon died on 4 May at Michael Sobell hospice at Mount Vernon Hospital where he was being treated for cancer. He was 65. We send our condolences and solidarity to his wife Maggie and sister Heather.
Jon was pivotal to the relaunch of Hillingdon Trades Union Council (TUC) in north west London, to which he gave his time and energy. He was a union rep for Unite local government (he worked as a grounds keeper on Hillingdon Borough golf courses) and latterly for Unite community, and was a steadfast supporter of the campaigns that Hillingdon TUC were involved with.
Jon was also a recognisable figure on many national demos with his homemade t-shirts printed with his own sometimes cutting slogans. These were often the subject of interest for national media.
If there was a campaign to support, Jon would be there to support it. A slight figure due to fighting bouts of cancer throughout his life, he would often turn up astride a monster Kawasaki motor bike, which was another passion of his.
Jon was a true socialist, and had no time for those who he viewed as careerists within the movement. For Jon, action spoke louder than words and he led by example, and it is an example we will strive to follow. We will miss you - RIP comrade.
Steve Harbord, Socialist Party and Hillingdon TUC
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In The Socialist 12 May 2021:
Hartlepool sums up Labour crisis
Scotland: Pro-independence majority in highly polarised election
Welsh Labour holds on to government but new crises loom
TUSC is back
Bobby Sands - Nothing but an Unfinished Song
British state absolves itself from killings during 'the Troubles'
Is Biden offering a new 'New Deal'?
Stop Israeli state brutality
Right-wing Partido Popular wins Madrid elections - a warning to the working class
United action needed to defeat fire and rehire
RMT: Militant industrial and political strategy must be fought for
National Education Union needs a socialist, fighting deputy general secretary
Thurrock refuse workers strike escalates
Ealing parking wardens strike against Serco over absence policy
Norwich City Council workers vote for strike action over broken promises on pay and conditions
Beal school strikers suspend action after possible victory
Sparks fight continues
Obituary - Jon Elvin
The Socialist 12 May 2021 |
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