Socialist Worker

Pauline Walker 1948 - 2012

by Steve Wilkins, Bea Leal and Dot Pearce
Issue No. 2301

Pauline will be missed

Pauline will be missed


Pauline was a trade unionist to her finger tips.

She was branch secretary of the King’s College Unison branch for eight years before her retirement in 2008.

Her determination to defend her fellow workers reflected her strong sense of justice and humanity—and she never let go of an issue.

She remained friends with many members long after she had fought their cases.

Pauline had joined the Labour Party in the early 1990s and was delighted when Blair won in 1997.

She believed the Labour Party would wind back the Thatcher years.

But she became quickly disillusioned, and joined the SWP in the Central London branch and then Bromley.

In 2004 Pauline moved to Medway and became centrally involved in all the activities, particularly around Kingsnorth Climate Camp.

She played a leading role in organising Unite Against Fascism leafleting during the 2010 election. This contributed to poor results for the BNP in Medway, and to getting the BNP’s invitation to speak at the local hustings withdrawn.

Pauline was good at talking to people and as a trade union activist herself she was a real asset when visiting picket lines.

She was persistent in encouraging new people to join the SWP—as well as in pursuing Kent comrades for their Socialist Worker Appeal money!

Pauline was a generous woman who went out of her way to help friends and comrades, and to whom comrades turned for advice. Despite her health problems she was also very independent, celebrating her retirement from King’s with a solo trip around the world.

When Pauline retired she started a new era in her life, both in retirement and also with her new partner, Steve.

She will be missed by everyone who knew her.


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Obituary
Tue 1 May 2012, 16:40 BST
Issue No. 2301
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