Steel Worker’s champion Pat Wiggins has been chosen to stand at the Kent County Council elections by the Labour Party. The elections take place in May 2013.
Pat said: “It will be a hard fought battle between Labour and Conservatives. The Conservatives dominate Kent County Council. We need a greater voice for Sheppey. We need to start putting jobs at the top of the agenda. The Tories put other parts of Kent first. I want to change that.”
“The team and I have been busy campaigning in Minster, Eastchurch, Leysdown and Warden. We’ve been listening to residents’ concerns and taking action.”
Pat will be running his campaign on the following 5 pledges:
> Put jobs at the top of the agenda
> Fight for local jobs for the Island
> Push for more training opportunities
> Fight for more apprenticeships
> Continue to raise the issues that matter to you by continuing with our regular Street Surgeries where we knock on your door and let you tell us what matters to you.
Pat moved to the Island in 1963 from London. He married a local girl and has two sons and is a devoted grandfather. He worked at the Steel Mill for 38 years many of which were turbulent due to changes in ownership.
Pat learned his negotiating skills through his role as a union rep for the ISTC which later became the Community Union. He has helped many people who have hit bad times in their lives.
In 2002 the company that owned the Mill went into liquidation and all the workers lost their pensions. Pat took the campaign with the backing of the Union to the European Court of Justice and won back 90% of their pensions.
The campaign lasted six long years. Many other people who had lost their pensions benefited from the judgement. Pat believes in community spirit and the power to change things for the better.