The death of trade union legend Jack Jones
As a child of the 80s the breaking of trade unions is something I've only ever really read about.
This morning I couldn't help but be fascinated listening to radio reports about the life of legendary former trade unionist Jack Jones who died aged 96.
His friend Tony Benn said: "We were told 'break the unions, keep out, leave everything to the markets' and now we are in the most serious crisis for 60 years. So I think that also makes Jack's death a moment for reflection."
What do you think, is Benn right?
Click HERE to read a tribute from Echo features writer Paddy Shennan.
Here are some words from the Press Association:
Tributes are being paid today to legendary former trade union leader Jack Jones who died aged 96.
Mr Jones, who led the Transport and General Workers' Union, died in London shortly after 9.30pm last night, his son said.
Mick Jones said his father "passed away very peacefully in a very nice care home in Peckham.
"He had all the care he could possibly want.
"He was active until the very end and had a good innings."
Mr Jones was born in Liverpool and served as general secretary of the TGWU from 1969 to 1978 when it was one of the most powerful unions in the country.
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber described him as a "true giant of the labour movement".
He said he was "utterly dedicated to delivering respect and social justice for working people".
"He was a passionate internationalist showing raw courage on the battlefields of the Spanish Civil War.
"After his working life as a trade unionist, he became a champion for pensioners, holding ministers to account without fear or favour and urging governments to deliver dignity to the elderly.
"He always saw trade unionism not as a narrow interest group but as a force for social progress, with a partnership with a labour government - for all its stresses and strains - as the best way of achieving advance."
Mr Barber added: "His countless friends and admirers of every generation will lament his loss."
Former TUC General Secretary Norman Willis said Mr Jones would be remembered as a "fighter" for ordinary people.
Former Labour Cabinet minister Tony Benn said: "I feel a real sense of personal bereavement. I loved Jack Jones. I've known him for years and I went to his 95th birthday last year.
"He was one of the finest men I ever met. Everything he said, he felt, he believed.
"I just feel really, really sad that he has died, but 96 is not a bad run."
He said: "The slump we face is a product of deregulation, a product of all the things that Mrs Thatcher believed in.
"We were told 'break the unions, keep out, leave everything to the markets' and now we are in the most serious crisis for 60 years. So I think that also makes Jack's death a moment for reflection."
Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: "Jack Jones was a fighter for justice all his life.
"From his time in the Spanish civil war to his work right up to his death for pensioners, Jack Jones was always there to help people in need.
"He truly was a leader of working people. All of us who were personal friends of Jack will miss his advice, his courage and his inspiration. My thoughts are with his family."
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) said Mr Jones was "a true son of Liverpool".
Alan Manning, regional secretary of the North West TUC, said: "Jack Jones was a giant of the labour movement - he dedicated himself to improving the lives of working people and made a real difference to millions.
"He was a doughty champion for pensioners, holding Government ministers to account without fear or favour and campaigning incessantly, with tireless energy, on behalf of elderly people.
"As a true son of Liverpool and the North West, he was a beacon of inspiration and hope across the world. His loss will be mourned by everyone who knew him."