Unite union rep Davey Hall retires after tough years

ONE of the North East's longest serving union representatives has decided to step down after battling through what he says were some of the toughest years of his career.

ONE of the North East's longest serving union representatives has decided to step down after battling through what he says were some of the toughest years of his career.

Davey Hall has decided to retire from his role as regional secretary for Unite in the North East, Yorkshire and Humberside and said he was keen to try something new after helping to defend the rights of 100,000 workers in the North East.

Hall, who lives in Wallsend, Newcastle, said he had enjoyed the role but admitted recent years had been tough, with the 60-year-old representing more than 2,000 workers who lost their jobs following the collapse of Northern Rock, among other cases.

He has no plans following his departure from the role yesterday and said that he was “open to offers”. Unite in the North East, Yorkshire and Humber Region serves 240,000 members and has offices in Newcastle and Middlesbrough.

Hall said: “I have decided to step down purely to give someone else a chance to take on the role as well as take a fresh approach to my own life. I have no immediate plans and am keeping my options open.”

He started out as a shop steward at shipbuilders Swan Hunter in the mid-1970s, where he represented 500 engineering workers.

Kevin Rowan, regional secretary of the Northern TUC, said: “ Davey is a true leader in every sense of the word, never ducking the difficult decisions and always thoughtful and considerate in how he has operated within the trade union movement.”

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