Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Death of Noel Harris

The CPI records with sadness the death of Noel Harris, life­long trade unionist and commun­ist, at his home in Donaghadee, Co. Down. As a union activist and official in Belfast, Dublin and London he was a member of DATA, the Draughts­mens’ Union, then national secre­tary of ASTMS in Dublin and a member of the Executive Council of the ICTU. He moved to Prague as head of the Social and Econ­omic Depart­ment of the World Federation of Trade Unions and then to London as national organiser of the cinema workers’ union, ACTT.

Throughout his working life he campaigned against sectarian discrimi­nation through his union and his member­ship of Belfast Trades Council and the Commun­ist Party. In January 1967 he was a member of the found­ing com­mittee of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Associ­ation and took part in the first civil rights marches.

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