by Don Franks
Con Devitt died last Sunday aged 86.
Con was a staunch socialist working class fighter, the like of which this country has seen too few. Leader of the Boilermakers union and later, the Trade Union Federation, Con improved the lives of many workers and inspired many of the young activists lucky enough to know him. Of all the fine union people I knew, Con made the biggest impression on me.
When I first became a union delegate at Ford Motors I was a green young university dropout, knowing nothing about industrial struggle. Someone told me to go and get some advice from Con. As it happened, his flat at the time was just next to mine, so I went and knocked on the door. Con was getting ready for a party but was prepared to delay mixing with his guests to share some thoughts with…
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