Distinguished Trade Union Leader Dies

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Justice for Colombia has received the extremely sad news that Raul Arroyave Arango, Director of International Relations of the CUT died of natural causes on the morning of 26th January. Raul was a well known, respected and much-loved trade union leader who has been a key figure in the Colombian trade union movement and political opposition for many years.

An experienced trade unionist; he began his activism as a teacher, first in the Cesar teachers’ union, and then in FECODE before being elected to the CUT Executive Committee.

A leading member of the MOIR, part of the Democratic Pole opposition party, he was one of the top experts on the Free Trade Agreements with Colombia, and played a pivotal role in the struggle against their signing.

Raul was a close friend of Justice for Colombia and had met many of our delegations whilst in Colombia, and during his visit to Europe as a guest of JFC in December 2009.

In a statement from the CUT Executive Committee this morning, they expressed their sadness at his passing. His death is a huge loss for the Colombian trade union movement and he will be sorely missed by all who knew and worked with him.

JFC Chair Jeremy Dear and the General Secretary of the TUC, Brendan Barber, sent the CUT messages of condolence expressing their sadness at the death of Raul Arroyave, whom British trade unionists had known for several years.

Raul Arroyave with members of the April 2009 JFC delegation to Colombia

Raul Arroyave with members of the April 2009 JFC delegation to Colombia

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