|Jean Long (left) and Pat Barrett (right) at Tolpuddle Festival|
We are very sad to inform you that long standing UNISON Rep for Home Care and recently retired UNISON member Jean Long died in Weston Hospice on 23rd August 2016 after a long and brave battle against cancer. Jean became a UNISON member when she first joined North Somerset Council in 1998 and became a UNISON Steward soon after. She was also a Health & Safety Rep, and held a number of branch officer positions including Assistant Branch Secretary. Jean was a stout defender of the Home Care service, and when she was a Rep she had 100% UNISON membership. She was one of the negotiating team for single status at North Somerset Council and was passionate about standing up for low paid UNISON members. Jean was also active in UNISON at regional and national level, including setting up UNISON’s National Home Care Forum. Jean supported every picket line, whatever the weather, during every dispute at North Somerset Council. She was a regular attender of the annual Tolpuddle Festival, as well as UNISON conferences. When Jean retired in 2010 she continued her UNISON activity as a retired member, supporting picket lines, attending marches and rallies, and running the branch office at various points. She will be greatly missed by all of us in North Somerset.
Jean’s funeral will take place on 8th September at 12 midday at Weston super Mare Crematorium, Ebdon Road, Worle, Weston Super Mare, BS22 9NY
Family flowers only. Donations to Weston Hospicecare, Jackson-Barstow House, 28 Thornbury Road, Uphill, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 4YQ.