Tributes paid to retiring Unite officer

Members of Unite the Union have paid tribute to Unite’s regional officer Victor Ochello who will be retiring tomorrow after nearly fifty years of service.

A statement from Unite the Union reads:

Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, the union for workers in Gibraltar, has praised the hard work and dedication of Victor Ochello, the union’s regional officer who retires from the post tomorrow (31 May).

Len McCluskey said: “Victor has made a massive contribution over many years, not just to Unite Gibraltar but to the wider labour movement. I thank him for his hard work and dedication over his 13 years as an officer and his remarkable 48 years membership of our union, during which time he has made a difference to the lives of all working people on the Rock. I’ve no doubt that Victor’s dedication and commitment will continue to be felt through his continued trade union activism as a retired and Unite Community member.”

Christian Duo, Unite Gibraltar’s branch coordinating officer said: “Victor has worked tirelessly in support of the trade union and working people in Gibraltar over his many years of involvement. He has always tackled unfairness and inequality in the workplace and beyond. Victor will be a big miss for the union, but I am delighted that he will continue his work with us following his retirement and that his passion for helping working people will not be lost completely.”

Victor Ochello said: “I have decided that this is now the right time to retire having given 48 years of my life to trade union movement in Gibraltar and the last 13 years as an official. It has been an absolute pleasure for me representing first the T&G and now Unite the Union through my years of servicing our membership. I will always treasure having made so many friends throughout my entire career and am thankful to all officials, committee members, convenors, shop stewards and members who have worked alongside and supported me all along. I will now look forward to a well-deserved retirement and to spending some much needed time with my family. However, I will always be there for Unite and for workers in general. I do intend to carry on supporting the union and its members as a retired member wherever possible. Hasta la Victoria Siempre.”

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