UNISON organiser Roger Bevan was tragically killed in a road incident in Ceredigion one year ago. Roger was just 50 years old and his character and passion left an indelible mark on all his Welsh UNISON colleagues.
Roger was a political activist, dedicated to international solidarity, particularly with Latin America. He spent a year studying in Cuba, and was responsible for establishing and maintaining the twinning links between public sector workers in the Guantanamo province of Cuba and UNISON Cymru/Wales.
Recently UNISON Cymru/Wales was privileged to host two of the Miami Five – Cuban patriots who spent up to 16 years in US jails for trying to stop terrorist attacks on Cuba. Rene Gonzales and Gerardo Hernandez addressed a public meeting at Cardiff City Hall and later unveiled a plaque in the UNISON office, naming the conference facilities in Roger’s honour.
The Roger Bevan Memorial Fund was established to support a number of progressive causes including the Cuba Solidarity Campaign. Last weekend, UNISON members and others undertook a sponsored walk in his memory. The route took them along the coastal path between Aberaeron and Newquay, reflecting Roger’s love of west Wales and walking.