It’s with sadness that we report the death of Peter Thomas, a member of the Swansea branch of International Socialists, the SWP’s forerunner in the 1970s. As a young worker Pete was inspired and recruited by SWP founder Tony Cliff.
As a shop steward and later the convener at his workplace, Unit Superheaters, Pete helped turn the working conditions from some of the worst in the district to some of the best.
A true rank and file militant, Pete sold the Socialist Worker at his workplace, held Socialist Worker discussion groups and organised collections for other workers in struggle on a regular basis.
Pete’s health deteriorated and he was ready for medical retirement when the men called on him to lead an occupation of the factory. Typically he sacrificed his own needs to lead the fight.
In retirement Pete worked in his local community, for some time alongside his eldest son Brian who died, tragically young, some years ago.
Pete had many interests – photography, art, local history, among them. He also became the main carer to his wife when her health failed.
We mourn the death of our comrade and send our condolences to his wife Hilary and children Vicky and Rhys.
Pete’s example shows what rank and file members can achieve in their workplaces and their lives. Farewell comrade.