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Campbell Christie has died.

Trade union stalwart Campbell Christie has died aged 74.

Mr Christie served as general secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) from 1986 to 1998.

In a statement, the STUC said he had been an outstanding leader with "tremendous skill and passion".

Current general secretary Grahame Smith said: "Campbell was comfortable on the shop floor and in the boardroom. He was never afraid of taking the difficult decision, even if he knew it might upset others in the Labour movement.

"He always saw the bigger picture. Whether it was the myriad of campaigns for jobs, in support of manufacturing or public services or in opposition to the imposition of the poll tax, Campbell's overwhelming objective was always to place the STUC and the unions at the heart of Scottish industrial and political life."

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