STORY
Great Scousers - Jack Jones
Born in Garston in 1913 Jack Jones left school at the age of 14 to take up an engineering apprenticeship. However, he lost his job after the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and found himself working for a local signmakers and painters, before eventually following in his fathers footsteps and becoming a docker.

It was as a docker that Jones read Robert Tressell's 'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists' which he stated 'had an remarkable effect of on our thinking.' After being inspired by the themes of socialism Jones signed up as a member of the Transport and General Workers Union, where he soon became a delegate on the National Docks Group Committee.

It was in 1968 that Jones was eventually elected as the General Secretary on TGWU. By 1977 an opinion poll revealed that 54% of people believed that Jones was the most powerful person in Britain, ahead of the Prime Minister.

There is still a constant reminder of the work of Jack Jones in Liverpool - the TGWU (Unite Union) building situated on Churchill Way is named in honour of his life and work.


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