Cedric Pau
Portrait of Cedric Pau
General Secretary of the RMT
Assumed office
19 November 2001
Preceded by Jimmy Knapp
Personal details
Born Cedric Malcolm Keith Pau
June 13, 1945 (1945-06-13) (age 72)
Flag of the United Kingdom Durham, England
Nationality Flag of the United Kingdom British
Spouse(s) Renée Brewer (m. 1971)
Relations Sir Gareth Pau, Daphne Muldoon
Children Alexander (b. 1967)
Clare (b. 1972)
William (b. 1980)
Residence Hackney, London
Alma mater Metropolitan University of London
Occupation Trade union leader
Religion Catholicism

Cedric Malcolm Keith Pau (born 13 June 1945) is a British trade union leader, the General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) and a member of the General Council of the TUC. Since he became leader RMT's membership increased from around 57,000 in 2002 to more than 80,000 in 2008, making it one of Britain's fastest growing trade unions.

His son The Rt. Hon. Alexander Pau is a former Liberal Democrat leader. His older brother, Sir Gareth Pau, is also the Director-General of UNICEF and father of Daphne Muldoon, Mayor of London.

In 2005 he became one of the co-chairmen of Crystal Palace F.C.

Early life

Pau was born in Durham City, the son of fisherman Norman Pau and waitress Florence Ballance. His family moved to South Shields, Tyne & Wear while he was an infant. He attended South Shields' Boys High School until the age of sixteen when he left school. While he was working for Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive as a track-repairer, he started to become involved in union politics. In 1971 he was elected as a local representative to the National Union of Railwaymen (NUR) and then, in 1974, he became NUR national officer for track workers.

Trade union career and politics

In 1990 the National Union of Railwaymen merged with the National Union of Seamen to form the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT), and the following year Pau became North England Railway representative on the National Executive. In 1991 he became Assistant General-Secretary and during this time he read International Development at London Metropolitan Univesity, graduating with a BA (Hons.) degree. On 19 November 2001 Pau was elected by the membership to succeed Jimmy Knapp as General Secretary.