Members will be sad to hear of the death of Graham Goddard, UNITE Deputy General Secretary, at the age of 51. Graham had been ill for some time. An obituary has been published on the UNITE web site.
Members in Manchester may remember Graham braving howling gales to address a strike rally outside Fujitsu Central Park in January 2007.
Marek Edelman was the last surviving leader of the uprising of Polish Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943. At this time around 6000 Jews were being deported every day from the Ghetto to the death camps. About 220 “boys” with pistols and home-made explosives took on over 2000 well equipped German troops, knowing they had no chance of victory.
After the war Marek chose to remain in Poland, in recent years living in Lodz, where Fujitsu has recently opened an office. He continued to stand up for his beliefs, including being interned in the early 1980s for his involvement in the Polish trade union Solidarnosc.
Many obituaries have been written following his death, including in the Guardian, Independent and Telegraph.
With the increasing threat of the BNP, EDL and other fascist organisations across Europe, it is worth remembering our history.