Responding to the sad and sudden news of the death of Jack Dromey, Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said:
“It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of our dear friend and comrade, Jack Dromey. On behalf of Unite, I wish to express our heartfelt condolences to Harriet his wife, and their family.
“Jack dedicated his life to fighting for workers and against injustice. His dedication to the Labour movement should inspire us in today’s struggles. Jack never ever lost his searing passion when the fight for justice was at stake – when he was an organiser with the T&G and then Unite, and when he became a Labour MP.
“From standing shoulder to shoulder with the workers at Grunwick in the 1970s, to delivering legislation to defend workers from exploitative gangmasters in the 2000s, to today where Jack showed no hesitation in backing our members at GKN in their fight to save their jobs, Jack always put solidarity with workers first, all his life.
“I was personally proud to work closely with Jack for a number of years to establish the ground-breaking organising department in Unite. It stands today as a testament to his commitment to the union.
“Jack’s family can be so proud of all that he has achieved, a strident force to ensure that workers will always be heard and that those who misuse power will always be held to account. We will miss you Jack.”