Monday, February 21, 2011

Former Waterman, Lightermen, Tugmen and Bargemen's Union leader dies

Sid Staden, who was the former Deputy General Secretary of the Watermen, Lightermen, Tugmen and Bargemen's Union has died aged 87.
Sid, like his father before him, was a lighterman, "driving" barges around the London docks. In this tough world he became an active trade unionist and later a full-time union official. Sid never missed an opportunity to relate stories of the Thames to his fellow trade union officials and the Thames became known to them as "Sid's river".

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