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La ISP lamenta el fallecimiento de su ex Secretario General Adjunto, Alan Leather

06 Marzo 2019
La ISP está profundamente entristecida por el fallecimiento del ex Secretario General Adjunto, Alan Leather, quien falleció el 3 de marzo de 2019, después de una larga enfermedad. Se lo echará mucho de menos. Su muerte es un golpe personal para muchas personas en todo el mundo, la comunidad sindical internacional recordará su nombre en los años venideros.

Estimadas y estimados colegas,

Con gran tristeza les informo del fallecimiento de Alan Leather, ex Secretario General Adjunto de la ISP. Alan falleció a los 77 años el domingo 3 de marzo de 2019, después de una larga enfermedad. Deja a los hijos ya mayores Jack y Amy e innumerables sindicalistas, activistas de justicia social y actores de todo el mundo con nada más que amor, respeto y buenos recuerdos. Alan era un hombre dotado que siempre sacaba lo mejor de la gente, inspirados por su optimismo, sinceridad y buen humor. Muchos dirigentes sindicales de la ISP y de todo el movimiento sindical recordarán a Alan ayudándoles.

Alan Leather with PSI's former General Secretary, Hans Engelberts

Cuando Alan se unió a la ISP en 1987 como Responsable del sector de la Educación, aportó una gran experiencia y su disposición única y alegre. Dice Tim Beaty: "Fue un destacado educador de adultos y, con la ayuda de organizaciones de apoyo solidario, desarrolló una red de capacitadores talentosos de la ISP que se reflejó en la regionalización de las estructuras de la ISP". A principios de los años 90, Alan se esforzó en integrar los sindicatos de las antiguas repúblicas soviéticas en la ISP y la FSESP. Este fue un trabajo agotador pero emocionante en el que Alan aplicó todas sus habilidades. La ISP abrió oficinas en Bucarest, Kiev, Moscú y Praga. Las afiliadas de la ISP en nuestra circunscripción de Europa del Noreste recuerdan a Alan como "un hombre de gran alma y energía inagotable... Alan fue el padrino de la afiliación internacional...".

Alan lideró el apoyo de la ISP a los sindicatos del sector público durante su dura lucha contra el apartheid en Sudáfrica.

Fue nombrado Asistente Secretario General de la ISP en 1993 y Secretario General Adjunto a partir de 1995 hasta su jubilación en 2006. Su incansable dedicación a la defensa de los derechos de los trabajadores y trabajadoras se reflejó en las numerosas misiones que llevó a cabo, ejerciendo presión sobre los gobiernos personalmente y a través de la OIT. Dirigió el sector de la Salud de la ISP en la lucha contra el HIV-SIDA y se aseguró que escucharan las preocupaciones de los trabajadores y trabajadoras.

Es imposible enumerar todos los logros de Alan. Hay innumerables historias que se contar y volverán a contarse durante muchos años, ya que Alan era un sindicalista comprometido y un gran ser humano.

Su partida es un golpe personal para muchos y muchas en todo el mundo, para los trabajadores y trabajadoras sindicalistas de los servicios públicos, para el personal que trabajó con él durante muchos años y para los muchos sindicatos a los que ayudó a construir su fuerza actual.

Jack y Amy, nos unimos a ustedes en la tristeza, pero también en las alegrías y buenos momentos que su padre nos brindó a todos. Se lo echará mucho de menos, y la comunidad sindical internacional lo recordará durante muchos años.

 

Rosa Pavanelli
Secretaria General

Carta de la Secretaria General de la ISP a todas las afiliadas (.pdf)

Inglés - Sueco - Japonés - Russo - Alemán - Español - Francés

Por favor, comparta sus recuerdos e historias de Alan o exprese sus condolencias enviándonos un correo electrónico a comms@world-psi.org. Los mensajes se publicarán en el sitio web de la ISP.

Alan’s grown children Amy and Jack came to PSI office on 5 March

Los hijos mayores de Alan, Amy y Jack, vinieron a la oficina de la ISP el 5 de marzo para conectarse con la "otra" familia de Alan.


"La ISP era la familia de papá", decían, "y siempre nos sentíamos bienvenidos en la oficina, esperándole mientras terminaba algún trabajo urgente, por las tardes o los fines de semana".

"Papá llamaba y anunciaba que venían amigos de la ISP... como cuando llamó para decir que Chaiwat de Tailandia venía con otros ocho, y que estarían allí en media hora... pero no se preocupen, ya que cocinarían la cena" para la familia Leather.

Jack y Amy querían decirnos lo importante que había sido para su padre la ISP, sus afiliados, sus valores y objetivos. Vieron la evidencia de las últimas actividades de la ISP y concluyeron que Alan habría estado muy contento de ver la dirección política que había tomado el trabajo de la ISP en los últimos años.

Amy y Jack organizarán una ceremonia en memoria en el pueblo francés donde vivía la familia. Los detalles se compartirán a medida que estén disponibles.


Mensajes de simpatía y condolencias

"We are deeply stricken by Alan Leather's death. FPCGIL has worked with him in past and we had the opportunity to appreciate him. We join his relatives and PSI in sadness. Condolences from FPCGIL comrades."

Nicoletta Grieco
Head of International Department of FPCGIL (Italy)


"My deepest condolences to his close family and to Alan's trade union family. He was an inspirational leader on HIV-AIDS and so many more issues, and he will be sorely missed by the movement as well as his close friends and relatives."

Owen Tudor
Deputy General Secretary of ITUC


"The National Health Workers ' Union of Liberia ( NAHWUL ) is saddened by the shocking news of the death of a HERO, comrade Alan. Our deepest condolences to his family, PSI and the Trade Union Movement of the world. Rest in peace Alan, your memories, definitely, shall live on."

George Poe Williams
Secretary General of NAHWUL (Liberia)


"Je suis très très touché par le décès d'Alan, j'ai travaillé beaucoup avec lui sur plusieurs dossiers à l'ISP au niveau mondial. C'était un homme de haute valeur qui aux moments difficiles de l'ISP a su apporter son poids. Il a été à l'origine de beaucoup de changements. Alan m'a soutenu dans tous les projets et il m'a donné le goût de travailler pour l'ISP. Avec sa femme Suzanne nous étions des amis et ils m'ont apportés beaucoup. Je perds ainsi un ami, un frère et je pleure à chaudes larmes. Tu transmettras à ses enfants les condoléances des travailleurs du Cameroun ainsi que toute ma compassion. Que la terre de nos ancêtres lui soit légère. Alan !! adieu vieux frère, je ne t'oublierai jamais."

Jean Marie NDI
Président Confédéral CSAC (Cameroon)


"Au nom du Bureau Exécutif National du SAT-SDE et tous les militant(es)s nous adressons nos condoléances à la famille de Alan, vous et tous nos affiliés à travers le monde. Puisse son œuvre guide nos pas et actes pour l'atteinte de nos objectifs. Solidairement!"

Elimane Diouf
Secrétaire Général of SATSE (Sénégal)


"Please accept my deepest and heartfelt condolences on the passing of your colleague, Mr. Alan Leather. May God bless and comfort his family and beloved ones during this difficult period."

Riza Bengasi
Head of FSNDSHPSH (Albania)


"There’s no word that can express how sorry we are to hear about the death of Alan. During this difficult moment, our thoughts and prayers are always with each of you. Alan was a very thoughtful and wonderful person, we will always miss him! R.I.P. Alan Leather!"

Jamila Sattarova
General Secretary of FTUAEC (Azerbaijan)


“Please accept my condolences on the passing of Alan Leather. He was not only a special person and leader for PSI, but also for the international trade union movement. Alan had a broad vision and was always seeking cooperation with other GUFs and the ICFTU and TUAC. In fact, the first inter-global union group formed, long before the creation of the Council of Global Unions (CGU), was the Global Unions AIDS Program (GUAP). That cooperation put the trade union movement on the map and made a real difference when it came to fighting HIV/AIDS. Alan very capably chaired GUAP for many years and donated many hundreds of hours to it as well as drafting Susan to lend us a hand. It was largely through his efforts that we had a coherent position and were able to act, together, to fight HIV/AIDS, but also the stigma that was too often felt by its victims. He was a good person, a good trade unionist, and a good friend.”

Jim Baker
Former Coordinator, Council of Global Unions


"I am writing on behalf of IndustriALL Global Union, to express our deeply-felt condolences to you at PSI over the demise of Bro. Alan Leather, former PSI Deputy General Secretary.  I did not have the pleasure and privilege of meeting him but some of my colleagues did meet him and worked with him, and they attest to his good disposition, hard work, and commitment to the struggle of the international labour movement, and in particular to public services workers worldwide. Bro. Alan Leather’s contribution to the labour movement is highly appreciated, and he will be sorely missed. Our hearts go out to all of you at PSI, and to Bro. Alan Leather’s family at this difficult time."

Valter Sanches
General Secretary of IndustriALL


"May God rest the departed soul in eternal peace and tranquillity in heavenly abode and give strength to the bereaved families to sustain this heavy and irreparable loss. Amen."

Manoj Doshi
General Secretary of NOGE (India)


"When I started in 1993 as ITF's first Education and Project officer, Alan introduced me to the work of international education of trade unionists in all sorts of countries and industries. Both me and the ITF and its affialites took advantage of Alans' experience. Later on we met several times by various occasions and he coninued to help me as my older brother. I am still thankful for his help and friendship. My sincere condolences for his family and colleagues."

Kees Marges
Retired

Today died a good man and I lost a friend and a reference. Alan help me in my early days when I joined the European Youth Forum and stayed for a couple of weeks in Ferney-Voltaire. I always admired his solidarity, working capacity, his vision for the role of the trade unions in Europe, a good friend with the right words for every situation. I met him in Tallinn for the first time and from 2000 to 2006 and it was an honour to work with Alan in several seminars and meettings across Europe. I will always remember the time we spent and the songs we sang. Alan was a wonderful person, I will always miss him! Thank you, my dear friend, rest in peace Alan Leather.

Tiago Borges Rocha
Former Head of theinternationalDepartment of SINTAP (Portugal)
and member of the European Youth Forum, from 2000-2006

"I liked Alan. He was one of the good people."

Phil Bowyer
Former GS Communications International and DGS UNI Global Union

"The Health Workers Union of the Russian Federation expresses deepest condolences to the family and friends of Alan Leather. Alan will forever remain in our hearts as a true professional, sensitive and attentive to ordinary trade union members and their needs. Thanks to Alan, many trade unions in Central and Eastern Europe came to PSI, this is entirely his credit. it is impossible to describe all the merits of this person, it is impossible to express in words the bitterness of loss. Rest in peace dear friend and brother!"
Mikhail Kuzmenko
President of the Health Workers Union of the Russian Federation

"I am deeply saddened by the passing of Alan. As a member – and after the coordinator - of the Central and Eastern Europe Unit of the ICFTU, I was fortunate to work closely with him during the nineties and the first 2000’ years. Alan  was a true and dedicated trade unionist. Particularly during the field missions that we organised, we were alwayw happy to have him and to rely on on his support. He was a man of principle, but also a man with strong analytical capacities and easy contacts with all the members of the trade union family. He was also a very food friend, which will be deeply regretted by all of us."
Hubert Cambier
Former Head of the ICFTU CEE Unit

On hearing of Alan’s death, I immediately thought of a line used once by from a former employer and someone Alan greatly admired – Senator Ted Kennedy.  Early on in our friendship told me of his efforts working with a young Senator Kennedy to draw attention to the horrendous conditions among India’s rural poor.  When I think of Alan, I think of his family – Sue, and his children who I came to know through the tales of a proud father.  Countless workers and their families owe their lives to Alan and Sue for to their efforts to end HIV/AIDS, but chances are they will never know who to thank.  I have confidence the values of selfless service live on in Amy and Jack and this could very well be Alan and Sue’s greatest legacy.  That is why Kennedy’s words so quickly came to mind, “The work goes on, the cause endures, hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”
  Rob Lovelace
Former Senior Advisor, Global Unions AIDS Programme


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