Tom Waterson, chair of health committee.

It is with sad regret that we have to advise that our good friend and comrade Tom Waterson, Chair UNISON Scotland health committee, sadly passed away last night.

Willie Duffy, UNISON Scotland head of health said: “Tam had been in and out of hospital over the last 2 years, and he showed great courage during these times.

Everyone at UNISON Scotland is shocked and our thoughts and prayers are with Pamela, and their children Aeden and Erin at this difficult time.

Tam was a committed socialist, trade unionist and strong campaigner he will be terribly missed.”