Gill George writes on the UnitedLeft list (29 July):
Comrades in London and Eastern Region and the Health Sector (of Unite) will be shocked to learn of the death of Tina MacKay yesterday.
Tina (pictured above) was the victim of a hit and run incident when she was on her way home late last night. She died instantly.
Tina was the Lead Officer for Health in the region. She cared about what she did. I’d seen her twice in the last few weeks – at a meeting where we established an embryonic ‘action committee’ for speech therapists in London and before that on Unite’s demo in defence of the NHS on 5th July. She pitched up early at the demo, bouncing around with armfuls of Unite flags to press on anyone who would take them – as she always did. She brought passion and commitment to building the union, on the little things as well as the big ones.
Over the last few months, Tina played a brilliant role building support in Unite for a whole series of NHS demonstrations in London. I met her in the street a few days before one of them and she grinned and said, ‘Yeah, we’re gonna go mental about this.’ She had infectious energy and enthusiasm and threw herself behind any hint of a fight back in Health. There’s a layer of young active pushy reps coming through now in Health because of the work Tina did, sensing the beginnings of a mood and going with it. There’s a layer of us older ones who are still around because of Tina’s support.
Tina really was a lovely person – good fun and great company. She’ll leave a big hole in Unite, and she’ll be missed by very many lay members, officers and staff.