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Holness hails Goodleigh as a champion advocate

Published:Monday | December 14, 2015 | 12:51 PM
Holness said Goodleigh was a "passionate and avid champion of workers' rights and used his skills as a negotiator to expand opportunities to workers"

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness has hailed trade unionist Lloyd Goodleigh, who died today, as a champion advocate of Jamaican workers.

Holness said Goodleigh was a "passionate and avid champion of workers' rights and used his skills as a negotiator to expand opportunities to workers".

Goodleigh passed away this morning at the Andrews Memorial Hospital, where he had been recovering from a recent surgery.

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Opposition Leader Andrew Holness is expressing regret at the passing of renown trade unionist, Lloyd Goodleigh. 

In paying tribute to Goodleigh, Holness said he was a veteran of the trade union movement who championed the cause of the Jamaican worker.

Mr. Holness said: "Lloyd Goodleigh dedicated his life to providing selfless and distinguished service to the labour movement in Jamaica, and did so in a most admirable manner. 

He was a passionate and avid champion of workers' rights and used his skills as a negotiator to expand opportunities to workers, secure better working conditions and promote their well being. 

A more formidable and compelling voice at the negotiating table one could hardly find."

The Opposition Leader continued: "Lloyd Goodleigh has played an invaluable role in the social and political development of Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.

He gave faithful and dedicated service as General Secretary of the National Workers Union (NWU), President of the Caribbean Congress of Labour and General Secretary of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Union. 

He was known among his peers and across Jamaica as a fierce defender of workers' rights. 

His sterling contribution to the labour movement extended beyond the shores of Jamaica to the region and indeed, the wider international community.

Holness says with Lloyd Goodleigh's passing, Jamaica has lost a devout champion and stalwart of the trade union movement. 

"Let me on behalf of the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party, and those who worked closely with him over the years, extend heartfelt sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues in this their hour of bereavement",  Holness said.