Charles Jarman



Charles Jarman (1893 – 30 May 1947) was a British trade union leader.Born in Bristol, Jarman went to sea when he was fourteen, and soon joined the Royal Navy. After several years, he left the Navy due to an injury. He became involved in the National Union of Seamen (NUS), becoming its national organiser, and then its district secretary, successively in the Bristol Channel, Mersey, North East Scotland and then Scottish districts. Next, he moved to New York City as the unions representative in the United States.Jarman succeeded as leader of the NUS in 1942. Due to the ongoing Second World War, it was agreed that he would hold the title of acting general secretary until an election could be organised, planned for one year after the end of the war. He also joined the General Council of the Trades Union Congress, and was president of the Seamens Section of the International Transport Workers Federation. Under Jarmans influence, in 1946, the International Labour Conference adopted an international minimum wage for seafarers.Jarman was also active in the Labour Party, and served on its National Executive Committee for four years. At the 1935 UK general election, he stood unsuccessfully for the party in Birmingham Yardley.Jarman died unexpectedly in 1947, aged 54.

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