Robinson leaves his T&G Liverpool home
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BOB ROBINSON, the Transport and General Workers' Union's longest-serving road haulage district secretary, retires next week after 25 years' service with the union.
Mr Robinson, who is 61, has been Liverpool district secretary for 11 years, and was appointed a district officer in 1959. Before that, he was a lorry driver and a merchant seaman, He has led the TGWU side in collective negotiations with Liverpool hauliers since they began in 1974. Initially, a group of assenting hauliers represented the employers, but more recently the Road Haulage Association has taken the lead.
Mr Robinson has also been TGWU co-ordinator for haulage negotiations throughout the rest of North-West England, but no collective agreement has been reached there for the past two years.
He is well respected by Liverpool employers as a tough, but professional negotiator.
His successor has still to be appointed.