Moss Evans

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Arthur Mostyn Evans (13 July 1925 – 12 January 2002), better known as Moss Evans, was the general secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU), then the largest general trade union in the United Kingdom, from 1978 until 1985.[1]


Moss was born in a small terraced house in the Welsh village of Cefn Coed near Merthyr Tydfil. When he was 12 his family moved to Small Heath, Birmingham, as his father had heard there was work which he was determined to find. This was towards the end of The Depression and his father, a miner, had been out of work for 14 years.

Moss first became involved with unions whilst working for the Joseph Lucas combine, where he joined the Amalgamated Engineering Union in 1940 at the age of 15. His long involvement with the TGWU started ten years later when he changed jobs, and moved to the Bakelite Factory in Birmingham, where he became shop steward a year later. His rise through the organisation of the TGWU started in 1956 when he became engineering and chemical officer for the Birmingham East district.

This was followed by;

  • Birmingham regional trade group secretary 1960 - 1966
  • London Engineering National Officer 1966 - 1969
  • National Secretary (Automotive Section)1969 - 1973
  • National Organiser 1973 - 1978
  • General Secretary 1978 - 1985


  • Member, TUC General Council 1977 - 1985
  • Councillor (Labour), Borough of King's Lynn and West Norfolk 1991 - 2001
  • King's Lynn town Mayor 1996 - 1997

Personal life[edit]

Married 1947 Laura Bigglestone (three sons, three daughters)

Died Heacham, Norfolk[1]


  1. ^ a b Goodman, Geoffrey (14 January 2002). "MEO". The Guardian. London. 
Trade union offices
Preceded by
Jack Jones
General Secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union
Succeeded by
Ron Todd