UNISON mourns the passing of Mike Perkins

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Mike Perkins, a lifelong trade unionist and member of the Hampshire County branch with over 50 years membership of UNISON.

Chair of Hampshire UNISON’s retired members section Chris O’Neill said, “For many years during his working life Mike was an outstanding UNISON steward. He held prominent roles in areas of the trade union movement including secretary of Southampton and South West Hampshire Trades Council, Treasurer of the Hampshire Association of Trades Councils for 20 years, as well as being a long-time member of Hampshire UNISON’s Branch Committee. After his retirement he stayed active within our movement and was Secretary of Hampshire UNISON’s retired members section.

“Mike was an unflinching champion of what needed to be said and done to further the work of the trade union movement. In recognition of his contribution to trade unionism, he was awarded the silver badge by the TUC. A friend and supporter of so many people, he will be greatly missed.”