Tributes to a union pioneer

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a leading trade unionist who has lost her battle with cancer.

Jane Rogers helped lead the way for women trade unionists when she became a rep for shopworkers union USDAW.

Ms Rogers went on to be president of the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Trades Union Council twice.

She died in Trinity Hospice aged 65, having been diagnosed with cancer last October.

Her daughter Francine said her mother had always stood up for people.

She said: “She was inspired by her own father who was a miner and trade unionism was close to her heart because of that.

“My mum became a representative for USDAW when she worked at Boots in Bank Hey Street as a pharmacy assistant.

“She had a very strong personality and would not take any nonsense.

“I have had a lot of letters from Trade Union Congress members who say it was very male-dominated, but she was not afraid to say what she thought was right.”

Union leaders have also paid tribute to Ms Rogers.

Mick Martin, treasurer of the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Trades Union Council, said: “Jane fought strongly to protect hard-won trade union rights and to improve conditions in the workplace.

“She had no fears on confronting anyone.

“There will be many shop workers in Blackpool, and throughout the North West, who have a lot to thank her for.

“She was twice president of the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Trades Union Council and an executive committee member.

“She was well known and respected by Lancashire Association of Trades Union Councils and worked for USDAW. She also regularly attended the TUC.”

Peter Billington, secretary of the Lancashire TUC, added: “Jane was a first class trade unionist and a thoroughly decent person and it will be difficult to imagine our meetings without her being there.”

Ms Rogers, who lived near Stanley Park, died on January 25, leaving her partner Paul, and children Thomas, Nancy, Mary, and Francine, as well as her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.