Roger Bolton

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For the British producer and programme presenter, see Roger Bolton (producer).

Roger William Bolton (7 September 1947, Dublin, Ireland – 18 November 2006, Woking, Surrey) was a British trade unionist.

Roger Bolton left Dublin with his family in 1958 when they moved to London. He began his career as a photographic technician at Boots the Chemist before moving to the BBC and became a prominent member of the BBC trade union, the Association of Broadcasting Staff (ABS).

In 1979, he began working for the ABS, and remained a union employee though a series of mergers in which it became the Broadcasting and Entertainment Trades Alliance and finally the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU).

Bolton rose to prominence during a successful pay dispute with the BBC in 1989, and was elected General Secretary of BECTU in 1993.

He married Elaine Lewis in 1974 and they had one child, a daughter.

Roger Bolton died from cancer, aged 59, in 2006.


Political offices
Preceded by
Tony Hearn
General Secretary of BECTU
1993 – 2006
Succeeded by
Gerry Morrissey