Peter was a trade unionist through and through, which was recognised by his local NATFHE Branch when he took early retirement from teaching modern languages at Newcastle College in 1997. The Branch voted unanimously to grant him the title of “Honorary Life President” at his last union meeting, when he stood down from the offices of one of the senior union representatives that he had held for many years.
As well as being active in his local branch for the union, Peter held many other offices during his working life in further education. At Newcastle College he was the elected staff governor, often in a minority on that body, but continually fighting for staff interests. He welcomed the “Nolan Principles” in the 1990s and the impact that they had Governing Bodies, changing the expectations of what it meant to hold public office.
Peter Latham was a member of the union’s National Executive and was a national negotiator in FE at a time of huge change, following the incorporation of Colleges in 1992. He successfully negotiated contracts of employment for members at Newcastle College and led successful industrial action during that time.
Peter was widely involved in the labour movement and was a delegate to Newcastle Trades Union Council for many years. He was also a Labour Councillor, involved in the Wallsend People’s Centre, North Tyneside Learning Trust, and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust. The North East Labour History Society interviewed him recently about his role and life in the labour and trade union movement. It shows us the impact that he had on so many people Link to North East Labour History interview
Peter is shown here recently presenting a Star Award with the North Tyneside Learning Trust.
Jon Bryan, Regional Support Official for UCU