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Kevin Williams 1954-2014

by Yolanda Williams
Issue No. 2412

Kevin in the truck factory where he was a shop steward

Kevin in the truck factory where he was a shop steward

Kevin Williams died suddenly on 23 June, aged 59. He was a lifelong socialist, a trade union activist and a SWP member in the 1970s and 80s in Slough.

Kev was a shop steward at Ford’s truck plant in Langley for years. He led the strike that closed the plant in 1979 in protest at the fascist National Front rally in Southall where Blair Peach was murdered. 

Kev and his other shop stewards brought workers to the demonstration. And when Blair was killed they did a huge whipround and took it to Southall for his partner.

He was a master of fundraisers, organising Rock Against Racism gigs and one memorable ambulance workers strike benefit. 

Kev could always be found supporting workers on picket lines. He ended up in custody for a week after pulling a stunt at the Chix picket line one day. Locals and trade unionists helped pay the hefty fine.

Kev’s wedding reception was on the Burtons Biscuits picket line. He supported the miners’ strike. Kev and his members became like a formidable family who looked out for each other in and out of work.

He is survived by his wife Yolanda and son Sean.


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Tue 15 Jul 2014, 17:15 BST
Issue No. 2412
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