Commenting on the sad passing of Campbell Christie, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has paid tribute to the former STUC general secretary, reports GAIL MILNE.
“Campbell Christie was a pillar of Scottish society. Respected and trusted, he was a straight talker who was prepared to stand up for what he thought was right.
“Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”
The Scottish Trades Union Congress said it was deeply saddened at the passing of its former STUC General Secretary. Campbell served as General Secretary from 1986 to 1998.
In a statement, current STUC General Secretary, Grahame Smith said: “Campbell Christie was one of Scotland’s most outstanding trade union and civic leaders. He led the Scottish TUC through the 1980s and ‘90s, some of the most challenging times for Scottish industry and Scottish workers with tremendous skill and passion gaining respect for himself and the STUC from across the industrial and political spectrum.
“Campbell was comfortable on the shop floor and in the boardroom. He was never afraid of taking the difficult decision, even if he knew it might upset others in the Labour movement. He always saw the bigger picture. Whether it was the myriad of campaigns for jobs, in support of manufacturing or public services or in opposition to the imposition of the poll tax, Campbell’s overwhelming objective was always to place the STUC and the unions at the heart of Scottish industrial and political life.”