BECTU general-secretary loses fight against cancer

THE general-secretary of the broadcasting trade union, BECTU, has died, following a long battle against cancer.

Roger Bolton was aged 59 and he died on Saturday. He had been general-secretary, until his death, for 13 years.

He had worked for BECTU and it predecessors – ABS and BETA – since 1979.

Prior to that, he worked for the BBC as a photographic technician.

Says BECTU: “During his career in the trade union movement, Roger was involved in many struggles and led the union in a long but eventually successful strike over pay against the BBC in 1989.”