Danny McGarvey

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Sir Daniel McGarvey, CBE (16 September 1919 – 26 April 1977), known as Danny McGarvey, was a British trade unionist.

McGarvey was born in Clydebank and attended Our Holy Redeemer School, then St Patrick's High School, Dumbarton.[1] At the age of fifteen, he began working as an apprentice caulker.[2]

He became active in the United Society of Boilermakers and Iron and Steel Shipbuilders, being elected to its general council in 1951, and in 1954 to the executive council of the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions. From 1958-65, he served on the National Executive Council of the Labour Party. In 1964, he was elected as General Secretary of the renamed Amalgamated Society of Boilermakers, Shipwrights, Blacksmiths and Structural Workers.[1]

In 1965, he was elected to the General Council of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), and he became the President of the TUC in 1976, but died the following April, before completing his term.[1][3]

Honours[edit]

McGarvey received the CBE in 1970, and was knighted shortly before his death.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "McGARVEY, Sir Daniel", Who Was Who
  2. ^ Robert Taylor, The Fifth Estate: Britain's Unions in the Seventies, p. 310
  3. ^ John Kerr, "Sir Daniel McGarvey - 'boots' to union boss", The Guardian, 27 April 1977, p. 3: "McGarvey died in office."
Trade union offices
Preceded by
Ted Hill
General Secretary of the Amalgamated Society of Boilermakers, Shipwrights, Blacksmiths and Structural Workers
1965–1967
Succeeded by
John Chalmers
Preceded by
Ted Hill
Shipbuilding Group representative on the General Council of the TUC
1965–1977
Succeeded by
John Chalmers
Preceded by
Walter Anderson and Ronald Rigby
Trades Union Congress representative to the AFL-CIO
1975
With: Martin Redmond
Succeeded by
Len Edmondson and Cyril Plant
Preceded by
Cyril Plant
President of the Trades Union Congress
1976–1977
Succeeded by
Marie Patterson