Fearless revolutionary socialist, anti-Nazi and shop steward Jane Emerson has died aged 56. Jane was a member of the Socialist Workers Party for 22 years.
Being blind never stopped Jane joining protests against the fascists in Rotherham.
Comrade and friend Katie Wheatley said, “Jane was fearless—she went on countless demos against the war, against racism and the Nazis.
“Nothing stopped her. Jane was a phenomenal character.”
Jane was a highly respected welfare rights worker for Rotherham council for more than 25 years. Latterly she spent a lot of time taking on the hated bedroom tax to help many people escape cuts in their benefits.
She was a formidable Unison union rep, always agitating for action against cuts. More than once Jane had to lead a fight to save her own job.
Jane also helped make Socialist Worker available through the “Talking Newspapers” or braille service in the council library which helped spread socialist ideas.
A graduate in German from Durham University, she later spent a year living in Germany. A love of dance was one of her greatest passions. Another was attending Marxism nearly every year.
She was as optimistic about the future of socialism as she was determined to help bring it about. As Unison comrade and friend Lucinda Wakefield said, “Jane was an inspiration to us all.
“She fought tirelessly for the rights of people to gain access to much needed support. She had a gentle but firm way of arguing for socialist ideas, calmly convincing those around her to give support to others in struggle.”
Rotherham and Sheffield comrades wish to express their condolences to Jane’s family.