Thursday 20 July 2023

ATUC pays tribute to trade union stalwart Ron Webster

Ron receives his award from STUC
General Secretary Roz Foyer
Photos by Ryan Tobias
Aberdeen Trades Union Council was deeply saddened by the death of one of its longest serving members and activists, Ron Webster, who died on 13 July at the age of 96.

Our deepest condolences go to Ron’s family and friends. Ron was a truly remarkable individual who made significant contributions as a trade unionist and as a Labour city councillor.

He is survived by his children, Rona, Andrew and Heather and by his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Ron's funeral service will be held at Aberdeen Crematorium, Hazlehead, (West chapel) on Monday July 31 at 1.15PM. All friends respectfully invited, family flowers only please. 

Ron leaves a lasting legacy in the trade union and Labour movement. He will be remembered fondly by all his friends and comrades on Aberdeen Trades Union Council.

Writing to his family on behalf of ATUC, Secretary John Singer said, “Ron’s unwavering commitment and passion has inspired countless individuals and he leaves behind a remarkable legacy of service and leadership.  He was known for his integrity, compassion, and unwavering dedication to public service. He was a true champion for the working class and a staunch advocate for social justice.”

A trade unionist and former Labour councillor, Ron began his working life over eighty years ago in the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers. He moved to the National Union of Vehicle Builders, then to the Transport and General Workers’ Union and finally to Unite.

He remained active in the movement throughout his life, serving as secretary of the ATUC and president of the STUC. He attended his last Unite retired members’ meeting only last month.

Ron with Tommy at his award presentation
Tommy Campbell of ATUC and a great friend of Ron’s said, “Ron is held in very high regard by those who ever had the pleasure of working with him to improve the lives of working-class people here in Aberdeen and elsewhere in our world.”

STUC general secretary Roz Foyer added, “Ron Webster was a stalwart of our movement, so much so that we made a special presentation to him at the 125th Congress in Aberdeen.

“He fought for workers’ rights, for international solidarity, against the hated poll tax and much more besides.

“He will be sorely missed, but his contribution will not be forgotten.”