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Tom Jones: Tributes to former Wales TGWU organiser
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|Last Edited||New Jerusalem Aug 23, 2012 02:32pm|
|News Date||Thursday, August 23, 2012 08:30:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||Tributes have been paid to a former union leader involved in one of Wales' longest-running industrial disputes. |
Tom Jones was regional organiser of the Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU) when workers at a Gwynedd factory picketed for two-and-a-half years from 2001.
Former Friction Dynamics worker Gerald Parry said he had lost a friend who "had the union in his DNA".
Former Plaid Cymru leader Lord Wigley said his death was a great loss.
The 86 workers at the car parts plant won their wrongful dismissal claim at an employment tribunal in 2003.
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They were never paid compensation after a complicated saga which saw the old company Friction Dynamics go into administration in August 2003, before a new company - which is also no longer at the site - began production two weeks later.
Last year a reunion was held to mark the tenth anniversary for all those involved, which was attended by Mr Jones, who was in his sixties.