Monday, July 11, 2011

Speedy burial for ex-union leader

By Keino Swamber South Bureau 
Story Created: Jul 11, 2011 at 11:40 PM ECT
Story Updated: Jul 11, 2011 at 11:40 PM ECT 

HOURS after he passed away early yesterday morning, former trade union leader Boysie Moore Jones was laid to rest.

Moore-Jones served as president general of the All Trinidad Sugar and General Workers' Trade Union (ATSGWTU) from 1995, when then leader Basdeo Panday became prime minister, to 1999.

Less than one month ago, 74-year-old Moore Jones was honoured by the Ministry of Labour and Cipriani College for his contribution to trade unionism.

Curtis Khan, Moore-Jones's eldest son, told the Express his father was diagnosed with prostate cancer about 12 years ago and underwent open-heart surgery about six years ago. He was also diabetic and suffered with hypertension.

Following a viewing of the body at the family's home at Diamond Village, Moore Jones's body was taken to the nearby mosque where he worshipped.

In attendance were Labour Minister and former president of the OWTU, Errol Mc Leod; Minister in the Ministry of Local Government, Rudranath Indarsingh, who succeeded Moore-Jones as president of the ATSGWTU; Vincent Cabrera, president of the Banking, Insurance and General Workers Union (BIGWU), and Panday.

Indarsingh said Moore Jones played an important role in his development as a trade unionist.

"While I am saddened, I take great comfort in knowing that Boysie Moore Jones made a great contribution in transforming the lives of thousands of citizens of this country and in improving their quality of life and their standard of living," he said.

McLeod said Moore Jones, although small in stature, stood tall among men in the struggle for peace, bread and justice.

Cabrera described Moore Jones as "very unassuming" and "one of the most effective trade unionists I knew. He was very quiet but he got the job done".

Moore Jones leaves to mourn his wife, Rosa Moore-Jones, and sons Curtis, Chris and Cliff Khan. He was buried at the Diamond Village cemetery.

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Trade Union mourns loss of former President General

The leadership and members of the All Trinidad General Workers Trade Union are expressing sadness at the death of its former President General, Boysie Moore Jones.

Mr Jones died a few days ago and was laid to rest on Monday afternoon.

In a statement, the trade union celebrated his commitment and dedication and said he would be remembered as a tireless individual who was always ready to articulate and defend the interests and rights of the working class.

Mr Moore was described as an astute leader who earned the respect and admiration of his local, regional and international union colleagues.

He worked his way up through the ranks and served as Acting President General following the UNC's victory at the polls in 1995, when then President General, Basdeo Panday, became Prime Minister.

Mr Jones was elected President General upon the expiration of Mr Panday's term and held the position until his retirement at age 65.