Reminiscences

Short personal reminiscences of Rodney Bickerstaffe from people who have contacted the website.

Andy Pike

Figures like Rodney don’t come along very often – Andy Pike

Rodney is the reason I am now working as National Secretary for the largest Irish public services union Forsa. I ...
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Rodney Bickerstaffe

Stalwart support for travellers’ rights – Martin Hudson

I have very fond memories of Rodney Bickerstaffe's stalwart support for the Labour Campaign for Travellers' Rights (LCTR) which I ...
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Memories of Rodney – Ken Terry

Like everyone who knew Rodney Bickerstaffe, or Bick as he was affectionately known, especially NUPE lay activists and staff, I ...
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Frances O'Grady

Inspiration – Frances O’Grady

Rodney was such an inspiration and he would be so proud of how the values of UNISON members - and ...
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Working with a legend – Dave Anderson

I have many great memories of working with Rodney but three in particular stand out. He and I gave evidence ...
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My Uncle Rodney – Lloyd Davies

My Great Uncle Rodney gave me an experience that I'll never forget. Spending the day down in London, seeing the ...
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Tape record him! – John Stevenson

I introduced my dad to Rodney at the STUC congress in Edinburgh in 1996. After they chatted (for a while) ...
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Angela Rayner

Icon of trade union movement – Angela Rayner

Rodney was a mentor and an inspiration to me as a young trade unionist. It is heart-warming to see this ...
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Colin Carritt

Memory is important and this website offers a fitting tribute – Colin Carritt, Oxford IBMC

Just came across your new website and wanted to write to say how pleased I am to have found it ...
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Tam Dalyell

Tam Dalyell ‘huge regard’ – Kathleen Dalyell

Rodney was a great man in the Union and in the Labour Movement. Tam had a huge regard and respect ...
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Maggie Dunn

People more important than principles – Maggie Dunn

When I was a NUPE Assistant Divisional Officer in Oxford, Bick came down to a staff meeting and stayed overnight ...
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A consistent champion of the oppressed – David Wilson

I was a neighbour of Rodney’s in Hither Green for a few years. We attended Sunday morning mass together at ...
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