Sunday, November 19, 2017

Speedy burial for ex-union leader

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old friends meet: Former prime minister and trade unionist Basdeo Panday, right, greets Minister in the Ministry of Local Government, Rudranath Indarsingh, left, and Labour Minister Errol McLeod at yesterday's funeral for Boysie Moore Jones (inset) at Diamond Village, San Fernando. —Photo: DEXTER PHILIP

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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.