Vic Feather (left) and Prime Minister Harold WilsonVictor Grayson Hardie Feather

Baron Feather (1908 – 28 July 1976) was General Secretary of the Trade Union Congress in Great Britain from 1969 to 1973.

Feather was born in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire in 1908, and was named after the recently-elected socialist MP Victor Grayson.  He was educated at Hanson Grammar School in Bradford, Yorkshire, and began work at age 14 and joined the Shopworkers' Union. 

He was elected shop steward at age 15, and chairman of his branch committee at age 21.

In 1937 he joined the staff of the Trades Union Congress.  He became Assistant Secretary (1947-60), Assistant General Secretary (1960-69), and General Secretary (1969-73).  As General Secretary, Feather led the British trade union movement's fight against Heath government's Industrial Relations Act 1971.

After retirement from the TUC, he was President of the European Trade Union Confederation (1973-74). 

He was created Baron Feather, of the City of Bradford, on 6 March 1974. Lord Feather died two years later in 1976.

With his blunt Yorkshire manner, he was something of a character in British public life.  He was often imitated by Mike Yarwood.  When he appeared on Parkinson he admitted to stealing sheep in the 1930s.

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This is Your Life

Lord Feather appeared on This is Your Life on the 28 November 1973. vicfeather1

Yorkshire-born Feather was surprised by Eamonn at the offices of Punch magazine. As General Secretary of the TUC from 1969-1973 he led the British trade union movement's fight against Heath government's Industrial Relations Act 1971. Something of a ‘character’ in public life, Vic was often imitated by Mike Yarwood, who appears as a guest.

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