Men like Eric Hammond are few and far between. Men of such courage come along once in a generation. For those who don't remember, he was the leader of the EETPU, the electricians' union in the 1980s. He was one of the first union leaders to recognise things had to change in the Union movement and can lay claim to being one of the first modernisers who laid the groundwork for what Tony Blair later put into practice. Hammond remains a hate figure on the left for his role in smashing the power of the print unions during the Wapping dispute. He was a brave leader of men who refused to be intimidated.
Eric Hammond died yesterday at the age of 79.
UPDATE: The Guardian has an obituary of Eric Hammond HERE.