UNISON General Secretary, Dave Prentis, today paid tribute to the courage and determination of Nelson Mandela. He said:
“Nelson Mandela was a truly great man. His courage, determination and dignity in the face of extreme and harsh imprisonment was an inspiration to the world.
“His strength of character was shown time and again through the desperate years of apartheid and then in the long road to rebuilding and uniting his nation.
“Our union was proud to have stood by him and others in the movement in the tough times to help support their historic struggle for equality, justice and in ending apartheid. And we are proud that he is an honorary President of UNISON.
“We mourn his passing, but are grateful for his life”.