Bill Morris, current general secretary of the TGWU
, said Mr Evans was a "brave and courageous" leader.
Vikas Sehdeva, Shimla Pinks spokesman, said: "We are very happy for our staff to be TGWU
Then he became a TGWU
organiser in Coventry and subsequently general secretary of the Coventry branch.
TREATMENT Gordon McNeill is stretchered into ambulance; DRAMA Firefighters lift hunger striker from building in Belfast city centre yesterday; PROTEST Mr McNeill claims TGWU
He said: "We regret the TGWU
has felt it necessary to negotiate with us over this matter.
Members of the TGWU
voted by 86% in favour of the merger while members of Amicus backed the link up by 70%.
negotiators are fighting to protect the futures of nearly 300 ground staff workers who are not required by Flybe following completion of the takeover in late March.
executive unanimously supported plans to merge with Amicus to form a two million-strong union in industries from aviation to road transport.
The moves will put the company into administration if a union ballot rejects their proposals, said a TGWU
But after three days of talks between Swissport and the TGWU
and GMB unions, both sides agreed last night on an improved salary deal.
The firm has been in negotiations with the TGWU
on drivers' wages at Arriva North East since October last year.
Mr Todd, 78, was one of the most respected union officials of his generation and led the TGWU
when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister.