Socialists and trade unionists in Hull are saddened to hear of the death of Walt Cunningham, former chairman of the Hull Port Shop Stewards Committee and more recently a city councillor. Many readers will have heard of the Pentonville Five. These were London dockers whose jailing in 1972 sparked a near general strike.
Walt was also summonsed to appear before the National Industrial Relations Court. He refused but, unlike the London stewards, was not jailed. Over many years the Hull dockers were an example to us all. They blacked cargoes from fascist Chile and apartheid South Africa, as well as raising money for workers in dispute.
Walt Cunningham was central to all this. We send condolences to Sadie Cunningham and the family.