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Roache speaking at the 2016 Labour Party Conference

Tim Roache (born 1962) is a British trade unionist. He is General Secretary of the GMB union.

Roache grew up in London, where his father was a shop steward on the docks. In 1979, he began working in the postroom of the GMB, over time being promoted to become a legal officer, then an organiser, and finally in 2007 as the union's Regional Secretary for Yorkshire and North Derbyshire.[1]

In 2009, Roache led a 13-week strike of refuse workers and street cleaners employed by Leeds City Council; this was the longest strike in the GMB's history.[2] He also ran the "End Foul Pay" campaign for football clubs to pay ground staff higher wages.[3]

Roache was elected as General Secretary and Treasurer of the GMB in November 2015, receiving 56.7% of the vote on a turnout of 4.2%, beating the one other candidate, Paul McCartney.[4] Roache took up the post in 2016.[2]

Alongside his role in the GMB, Roache was the chair of the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS) and also of the Yorkshire and Humber Trades Union Congress.[3] He was reported to be supportive of Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of the Labour Party and has criticised the 2015 Labour manifesto, drawn up under Ed Miliband.[5]

In his spare time, Roache supports Arsenal F.C. and coaches his son's local football team, Kippax Juniors. He is also a father and a husband.[1]


  1. ^ a b Roache, Tim (12 December 2015). "Leading From The Front". Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Tim Roache elected new head of GMB". BBC News. 12 November 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b "GMB: Campaigner Roache Aims For The Top Job". Morning Star. 30 June 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  4. ^ Private Eye. London: Pressdram Ltd. 5 August 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Simons, Ned (29 September 2015). "Union Official Tim Roache Slams 'Bullsh**t' Labour 2015 Manifesto, Tells Mandelson He Isn't Wanted". Huffington Post. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
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Paul Kenny
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