Reacting to the news of the sad passing of Rhodri Morgan, Wales TUC General Secretary Martin Mansfield said:
"This is very sad news for the Morgan family and for us all.
"Rhodri was a huge figure in Welsh and UK politics, he moved devolution away from a very limited contested institution to a true national legislature and government.
"Rhodri was a true friend to the Welsh union movement and working people in Wales. He created the 'Welsh way' of delivering public services in social partnership.
"When the financial crisis hit Rhodri led us through it by taking the best ideas from employers and from unions and finding innovative ways of delivering them.
"A true gentleman and friend to so many, he is quite literally irreplaceable".
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