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Ferguson hails Goodleigh as a tireless advocate for the labouring class

Published:Monday | December 14, 2015 | 12:35 PM
Dr Fenton Ferguson

Minister of Labour and Social Security Dr Fenton Ferguson has hailed trade unionist Lloyd Goodleigh as a tireless advocate for the labouring class in the Caribbean and Jamaica.

Ferguson says Goodleigh played a pivotal role in empowering the working class in the region.

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It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Labour and Social Security notes the passing of Mr Lloyd Goodleigh, CD, today.

A brilliant, erudite, and articulate professional, Mr Goodleigh was a tireless advocate for the labouring class in the Caribbean and Jamaica, in particular.

As a former General Secretary of the National Workers Union (NWU) and President of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Union (JCTU), his entire life was dedicated to improving the conditions of workers, advancing their rights and issues, and advocating for social and political change in their interest.

As President of the Caribbean Congress of Labour, he played a pivotal role in empowering the working class in the region. In the Jamaican Senate, he dedicated himself to protecting the poor and vulnerable and to building a better and stronger society.

Mr. Goodleigh contributed significantly to labour market reform in Jamaica. He was a member of the original Committee chaired by Professor George Eaton which had presented an Interim Report in 1996 regarding recommendations for comprehensive Labour Market Reform in the country.

It is no surprise, therefore, that Mr. Goodleigh became a dynamic force on the revised Labour Market Reform Commission which was charged earlier this year with the task of modernizing the labour market and enhancing competitiveness, efficiency and productivity in the Jamaican economy. Mr. Goodleigh served as National Coordinator up to the time of his passing.   

He was a distinguished contemporary of outstanding labour stalwarts such as the late Michael Manley and Hugh Shearer, as well as Hopeton Caven, Clive Dobson and Roosevelt Walker, whose passing we mourn in recent times.

He was, for many years, the representative for the Jamaican labour movement at the International Labor Organization (ILO) and made significant contributions at its annual General Assemblies in Geneva, Switzerland.

Mr. Goodleigh was an unrelenting supporter of the principle of tripartism, a fundamental tenet of the ILO in which Government, employers’ organizations and workers organizations strive together in dialogue and cooperation to foster sustainable economic development and social progress.

He doggedly promoted the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda, seeking to ensure that workers and citizens were kept abreast of changing demands and new challenges in the labour market.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security salutes this trade union leader par excellence and extend condolences to his wife and family and the wider trade union movement. May his soul rest in peace.