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Sunday, 13 January, 2002, 12:43 GMT
Tributes for former union boss
Moss Evans
Moss Evans became a household name in the 1970s
Tributes have been flooding in for a former general secretary of the transport union who died at his Norfolk home on Saturday.

Moss Evans, 76, held the high profile role of general secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union (T&G) between 1978 and 1985.

During the late 1970s, he was at the centre of industrial action which included the famous winter of discontent in 1979.

Bill Morris, the current general secretary, described Mr Evans as a "brave and courageous" leader.

'Strong commitment'

Mr Morris said: "He maintained the fabric of the T&G and the trade union movement despite the attacks made on unions in the 1980s.

"He had a strong commitment to social justice and he never forgot his roots."

Born in South Wales, Mr Evans moved to Birmingham where he became district officer of the union before being promoted to Midlands regional officer and then national organiser.

He maintained an interest in labour issues and politics after his retirement and was elected mayor of King's Lynn in 1996.

When he was elected he said: "Some people think I have joined the establishment, but being a mayor is an elected position."


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