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Tattam was a long-standing Communist and an active member of the Woodworkers
Tattam played a leading role in the fight against the employers’ attempts to attack the 42 hour week on building jobs by trying to impose unpaid tea breaks.
Like many officers and activists of a left disposition, he was intensely involved in the national building workers’ strike of 1972. Arising from this, he was named in a potentially libellous way in a protected parliamentary debate by Sir Edward Brown, the Tory MP for
Sources: Daily Worker 4 January 1961 (Thanks to MW); House of Commons debate on 18th December 1972;