Sisters and Brothers,
It is with a heavy heart that
I convey the condolences of members of the IUF Asia & Pacific Regional
Organisation and of my own. We all share the deep sorrow of Timoci’s
Tim had just led
the union, before Christmas, through a difficult struggle and secured
a major unprecedented victory, winning a breakthrough in lifting members’
This crowning success
was the culmination of a series of smaller successes that Tim had led
the union through over the last few years.
When he took over
responsibility as General Secretary of the union in 1998, Tim and the
IUF worked hard together to rebuild the members’ morale and confidence,
the members’ knowledge of unionism in the hotel and tourism industry
and how to win basic rights and decent working conditions for members.
We worked together
to fight union-busting.
We worked together
to build the hotel union into a key and powerful pillar of the Fiji
Trade Union Congress.
Tim became a respected
leader in the HRCT (Hotel, Restaurant, Catering and Tourism) sector
work of IUF in the Asia Pacific region.
Like you we feel
the great loss of his passing.
I know that Tim
would not want to see all his hard work with the hotel union fall apart
because of his sad and early departure.
For our part, we
will try our best to see that what he has done for the union, all the
valuable legacies he has left behind for hotel workers, will not be
frittered away. They will be cherished and built upon, in a way that
would make him happy and proud that his life, which he devoted to hotel
and tourism workers, was worthwhile and meant very much to all those
he accepted responsibility for.
Tim, you may rest
peacefully, knowing that we will cherish your work and build on it for
all the workers and communities that you served and cared for.
Ma Wei Pin
IUF Asia and Pacific Regional Secretary