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Bill Morris

(1938-), Trade Unionist

William ('Bill') Morris, Baron Morris of Handsworth

Sitter in 3 portraits
Bill Morris was the first black general secretary of a trade union in England. Born in Bombay, Jamaica he arrived in England in 1954. Morris joined the Transport and General Workers Union in 1958. He was appointed a full time Transport and General officer in 1973, Deputy General Secretary in 1986 and General Secretary in 1991. An influential leader, he has been active on issues including minimum wage, access to education, equal opportunities and development of policies and services for women and young members. Morris retired in 2003. In 2004 Morris was appointed to Chair an inquiry addressing employment issues in the London Metropolitan Police. He was named on the 100 Great Black Britons list.

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