Dr Peter Purton was the TUC disability and LGBT officer from 1998 until retirement in 2016. He had previously worked for NATFHE (now UCU) and in the voluntary sector and has been a campaigner for LGBT rights since the 1970s and an active trade unionist. He was also a national officer of Labour Campaign for Lesbian and Gay Rights (now LGBT Labour) for more than 20 years.
Linda is a co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC). DPAC was set up in response to the June 2010 budget when it was obvious that the Tory austerity measures would strip disabled people of their hard won rights.
Linda is herself disabled and is also the parent of a disabled person. She is passionately interested in promoting the human rights and full inclusion of disabled people in society.
Luis Chisaguano Cruz was born and spent most of his life in Ecuador, but the economic and political situation forced him to emigrate with his family to Europe. As a professional plumber he had a stable job in Spain until the economic crisis again forced him to emigrate, this time to the UK. Despite the language difficulties he managed to find work as a cleaner in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. He has been on strike for the real living wage and better terms and conditions since January 2019.
Neil is a national officer for the National Pensioners' Convention. The NPC’s main objective is to promote the welfare and interests of all pensioners, as a way of securing dignity, respect and financial security in retirement. It organises rallies and lobbies of MPs, leads delegations to parliament and makes submissions to government on policies affecting older people.
After nearly a decade spent as a teacher / trainer in Asia, I came back to Glasgow to embrace my fears. I joined DWP in July 2016, and PCS on day one. I recently became a team leader, and live by the rule that it's nice to be nice. I enjoy helping others and have started to play a more active role within the union, starting by becoming a deputy rep. I am looking forward to becoming more active within PCS to champion equality and encourage and promote an inclusive working environment for all.