INDEPENDENT NEWS

Bradford Praises Retiring CTU Head, Ken Douglas

Published: Fri 29 Oct 1999 05:59 PM
Hon Max Bradford
Minister for Enterprise and Commerce
MEDIA RELEASE
October 29 1999
Bradford Praises Contribution Of
Retiring CTU Head, Ken Douglas
Minister for Enterprise and Commerce Max Bradford today praised the commitment to workers by retiring trade union leader Ken Douglas.
On Monday Mr Douglas will be standing down as President of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions.
"Ken and I have known each other for many years because of our respective and occasionally conflicting roles in the industrial relations arena," Mr Bradford said.
"I have a great deal of respect for his integrity and the passion with which he has pursued the interests of the working people he represented.
"He has the skills of a diplomat, orator and activist rolled into one.
"He is one of the few living New Zealanders to be made a member of the Order of New Zealand, after being presented with the ONZ insignia previously held by Jim Knox," Mr Bradford said.
Through his positions with international trade union organisations Mr Douglas has voiced the issues of New Zealand workers widely. The organisations include the International Labour Organisation (ILO), and the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions.
"Ken has been a tremendous leader amongst labour advocates in the Asia-Pacific.
"While I have not always agreed with him on all issues I can't gainsay his commitment to improving the conditions of working people throughout the world through the channels of international trade union bodies.
"Ken has had a long and successful career making a tremendous contribution to New Zealanders and I hope that contribution won't be lost with his retirement from the CTU.
"I would like to wish Ken the best in his future endeavours," Mr Bradford said.
ENDS

Next in New Zealand politics

Police officer should not have engaged in pursuit
By: Independent Police Conduct Authority
Targets overlook the 174000 children living in worst poverty
By: Child Poverty Action Group
Guidelines needed to avoid risks in government AI use
By: University of Otago
Pike Families welcome opening of drift
By: Pike River Family Reference Group
New design offers certainty for walking and cycling harbor
By: New Zealand Transport Agency
Climate Change Response Bill – James Shaw Speech at reading
By: New Zealand Government
More unsold Kiwibuild houses bought by govt
By: RNZ
IPCA report into fatal fleeing driver crash
By: New Zealand Police
Targets set to help break the cycle of child poverty
By: New Zealand Government
PM breaks another commitment on early intervention
By: New Zealand National Party
Deepfake and the law - Expert Reaction
By: Science Media Centre
Pike River Re-entry
By: New Zealand Government
Long Awaited Re-Entry to Pike River Mine
By: New Zealand First Party
Families witness as Pike River mine re-entry attempt begins
By: RNZ
Pike River re-entry attempt planned for tomorrow: families
By: RNZ
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media