Terry Cook, 65, was born in Birmingham, England and emigrated to Australia in the 1960s. He was a founding member of the SLL in 1972 and has been a life-long fighter for the rights of working people, leading numerous struggles in defence of jobs and conditions. A fitter and turner by trade, Terry worked at the Cockatoo Island shipyards and then on the NSW railways. As secretary of the Elcar shop committee in NSW Rail during the 1980s he fought to mobilise workers against the Hawke-Keating Labor government’s Prices and Incomes Accord, enterprise bargaining and other job-cutting programs. In 1992, he became industrial editor of the SLL’s newspaper, Workers News. Since 1998 Terry has written extensively for the World Socialist Web Site on a range of social and political issues facing working people in Australia. Terry has led the party’s work amongst coal miners in NSW and Queensland, as well as public transport workers in NSW and Victoria. He is married with four adult sons.