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Tributes paid to ex-union leader Rod.

FORMER Unison general secretary Rodney Bickerstaffe has died, the union announced yesterday.

Tributes were paid to the 72-year-old, who led NUPE before they merged with two other unions to form Unison in 1993.

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: "He was a great personal friend to many and a champion of all the union members he proudly represented throughout his career.

"He coupled a great sense of humour and love of laughter with a deep-rooted sense of social justice and commitment to Unison."

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who worked with Bickerstaffe when both were officials in NUPE, said: "He was a warm, decent and principled man, an outstanding trade unionist and socialist and a great friend and support to me over many years."

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