By Julie Mcgregor
West Dunbartonshire Branch of Unison
UNISON West Dunbartonshire is saddened to hear of the passing of our friend and comrade, Denise McLafferty. Denise first became a NALGO steward (later merging with NUPE and COHSE to become UNISON) within the Finance department of Strathclyde Regional Council. A talented and principled socialist who was quickly put forward to become the Service Conditions Officer of what was then the biggest union branch in Europe. Of course she excelled in the role and for many years represented members both collectively and individually.
Strathclyde was dismantled in 1996 and this saw Denise return to her home area of West Dunbartonshire. It is here she spent the remainder of her UNISON days, based at Garshake. The outpouring of love which has been shown over the past day or so, is a true reflection of the high regard in which she was held, by both UNISON members and friends throughout West Dunbartonshire.
Her passing has also rippled through UNISON nationally as many comrades and friends from years gone by remember just how special she was.
May you rest in power, Denise and may god bless your family. Your proudest achievement in life.