Jack Macgougan

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Jack Macgougan (21 August 1913 – 12 December 1998) was a trade unionist and socialist activist in Ireland.

Born in Belfast to a Protestant family, Macgougan became an active trade unionist at an early age, and joined the Socialist Party of Northern Ireland, a Northern Ireland Labour Party-affiliate split from the Independent Labour Party (NILP). He stood for the NILP in Belfast Oldpark at the Northern Ireland general election, 1938,[1] taking second place, with 40.8% of the vote.[2] In 1945, he was appointed Irish Regional Organiser of the National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers (NUTGW).[3]

Macgougan was Chair of the NILP in 1945–1946,[4] but became unhappy with its increasingly unionist stance. He supported the establishment of the Irish Labour Party in Northern Ireland[5] in 1949, and was elected to Belfast City Council.[3] He later stood unsuccessfully for the party in South Down at the 1950 general election,[6] and Belfast Falls at the Northern Ireland general election, 1953.[2] He lost his council seat in 1958. That year, he served as President of the Irish Trades Union Congress while, in 1965, he was President of the Irish Congress of Trades Unions. In 1969, he became General Secretary of the UK-wide NUTGW, and also served on the General Council of the British Trades Union Congress.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jack Macgougan", The Irish Times, 3 May 1999
  2. ^ a b Northern Ireland Parliamentary Elections Results: Boroughs: Belfast
  3. ^ a b c Saothar, vol.16-20, pp.80-81
  4. ^ Andrew Finlay, Governing Ethnic Conflict: Consociationism, Identity and the Price of Peace, p.93
  5. ^ "Discussion between Richard (Dick) Montague and Ciaran Crossey, Arguments for a Workers Republic
  6. ^ South Down 1950-1970
Trade union offices
Preceded by
Norman Kennedy
President of the Irish Trade Union Congress
1958
Succeeded by
Walter Carpenter
Preceded by
W. J. Fitzpatrick
President of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions
1963
Succeeded by
Charles McCarthy
Preceded by
John E. Newton
General Secretary of the National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers
1969–1979
Succeeded by
Alec Smith
Preceded by
John E. Newton
Clothing Group representative on the General Council of the TUC
1970 – 1979
Succeeded by
Alec Smith