RIP Taity

21 May 2019
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GMB Wales and South West are in mourning at the loss of the great Paul Tait, longstanding GMB Union activist, rep and convenor at Appledore Shipbuilders.

Paul, or Potato as he was known in the yard, was born in Newcastle in 1963 and worked in the shipyards on the Tyne and elsewhere before latterly settling in Devon. Paul had friends wherever he went across the industry.

Paul was a great man and very popular at Appledore and across the GMB family and the shipbuilding industry. He was a huge character and all who knew him respected him and were very fond of him.

Despite suffering with his illness in recent times, he continued to be very supportive of the campaign to save Appledore Shipyard and he attended the march and rally in Bideford. Paul was always happiest on the shopfloor in the shipyard amongst the members, and he was always true to his roots."

When the union reps at Appledore were all up for re-election last year, he secured an amazing 93% vote for re-election, despite having been a rep for many years. I don't think there are too many people in any field who have been in any position as long as him who would still have that kind of approval rating in a tough industrial workplace. That shows you the kind of man he was.

Paul was one of a kind, and an inspiration to our younger reps. He will be very sorely missed by everyone in the GMB, and all of our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.

Matt Roberts, GMB Organiser and CSEU Chair

A minutes applause was held in celebration of Paul and everything he did for our members at the beginning of our Regional activists meeting in Plymouth yesterday.


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