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Lincoln Evans

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Died  3 August 1970

Sir Lincoln Evans (18 September 1889 – 3 August 1970) was a Welsh trade unionist.

Born in Swansea, Evans left school at the age of twelve to work for a butcher, moving to several other jobs before, age seventeen, finding a post at a tin plate works. There, he joined the British Steel Smelters Association. This became part of the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation (ISTC) and, in 1936, Evans was elected as its Assistant General Secretary.

In 1945, Evans was elected to the General Council of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), where he worked closely with Arthur Deakin, Will Lawther and Tom Williamson to form a right-wing group strongly opposed to Marxism. He also chaired the TUC's economic committee.

Evans was elected as General Secretary of the ISTC in 1946, and also took a place on the Iron and Steel Board. Two years later, he left the Iron and Steel Board to join the Economic Planning Board, and in 1952, he also became vice-chairman of the British Productivity Council. The following year, he resigned all his existing posts to become the full-time deputy chairman of the Iron and Steel Board. This was highly controversial, as the role now involved assisting the Conservative Party government in privatising the Iron and Steel Corporation of Great Britain.

Evans largely retired in 1960, but remained a part-time member of the Iron and Steel Board until his death in 1970.

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