Cyril Plant

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Cyril Thomas Howe Plant, Baron Plant, CBE (27 August 1910 – 9 August 1986) was a British trade unionist.

Born in Leek, Staffordshire, he worked as a sorting clerk in the Post Office and spent a lot of time playing football, later becoming a referee.[citation needed]

In 1934, he joined the Inland Revenue and became a founding member of the Inland Revenue Staff Federation, and was elected to its executive. In 1944, he became the union's full-time assistant secretary, then deputy secretary, before becoming its general secretary in 1960.[citation needed]

He was elected to the General Council of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in 1964, and was its President in 1975. He was active in the International Labour Office, and served on its governing body from 1969-77. He served on the Community Relations Commission, the Monopolies and Mergers Commission, as Treasurer of the Workers' Educational Association and Chairman of the Governors of Ruskin College, Oxford.[1] Plant retired from his union posts in 1977 and became an advisor to the Police Federation.[citation needed]

Plant was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1965 Birthday Honours[2] and promoted to a Commander (CBE) in the 1975 Birthday Honours.[3] On 9 May 1978, he was created a life peer taking the title Baron Plant, of Benenden in the County of Kent.[4][1]


  1. ^ a b "Plant, Cyril Thomas Howe", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
  2. ^ "No. 43667". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 June 1965. p. 5483.
  3. ^ "No. 46593". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 1975. p. 7377.
  4. ^ "No. 47530". The London Gazette. 11 May 1978. p. 5597.
Trade union offices
Preceded by
Douglas Houghton
General Secretary of the Inland Revenue Staff Federation
Succeeded by
Tony Christopher
Preceded by
George Smith and Sidney Greene
Trades Union Congress representative to the AFL-CIO
With: Hugh Scanlon
Succeeded by
Walter Anderson and Ronald Rigby
Preceded by
Marie Patterson
President of the Trades Union Congress
Succeeded by
Danny McGarvey
Preceded by
Danny McGarvey and Martin Redmond
Trades Union Congress representative to the AFL-CIO
With: L. F. Edmondson
Succeeded by
Alfred Allen