Community was saddened to learn of the death of Eric Caudwell, a member of Community and its founder unions for over 55 years. Eric worked as a temper mill assistant operator at the Shotton steelworks, where he first joined the British Iron Steel and Kindred Trades Association union in 1962.
He went on to serve as branch secretary of Hawarden SM 02 branch for 27 years from 1974 to 2001.
Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of Community, said:
“It was with great sadness that I learnt the news of Eric’s death.
“Our thoughts go out to his wife Margaret and Eric’s family at this difficult time. Eric was a loyal and dedicated member of Community and the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation who gave great service to the union, both in his workplace and as a long-standing member of the ISTC National Executive Council.
“He is fondly remembered by officers, members and activists across the union and I have no doubt there will be many lasting memories of what Eric did for the union and for his members in Shotton over many, many years.”
Eric was a member of the ISTC National Executive Council for twenty years from 1981 to 2001 and served as President of the union in 1988. He was also a Trustee of the ISTC, was a magistrate on the Flint bench and a member of the Industrial Tribunal panel.
Eric’s funeral is on Tuesday 27th March, in the Parish church of St Mary and St David, Church Street, Flint at 2pm.