Reactions of the trade union and the political class to the death of Nicolás Redondo Urbieta


Representatives of the Basque and state unions, as well as politicians and leaders, remember the one who was general secretary of the UGT for almost two decades.

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The trade union and political class of the Basque Country and the Spanish state have commemorated and praised the career of Nicolás Redondo Urbieta, who died tonight at the age of 95.

The general secretary of UGT Euskadi, Raul Arzahighlighted the figure of Redondo, whom he said was “a benchmark in the struggle for democratic values” and one of the great names of the transition trade union movement, along with Marcelino Machado. As he said in an interview with Radio Euskadi’s “Boulevard” programme, at the age of 95, Redondo was still “very up to date” with the current affairs of the working class in the Basque Country and called him regularly to chat.

From Madrid, the general secretary of the UGT, Pepe Alvarezhas underlined the “dedication, coherence and courage” of Redondo, who was a “fundamental figure in anti-Francoism, transition and democracy”.

unai deaf, on behalf of the CC.OO., has assured that the former secretary general of the UGT was “one of the most relevant personalities in democratic Spain”. “He dedicated his life to the defense of the workers,” he added in a tweet.

On the political front, reactions and condolences have been received from all political groups. The PSOE, the party of which the man from Baracaldés had been a member since childhood, lamented via tweet last night the death of Redondo, who he stressed had “dedicated a life to defending working people, freedoms and democracy.”

For his part, the General Secretary of the PSE-EE, Eneko Anduezabelieves that “there are people who mark the course of history and build a better society for all”, like Redondo Urbieta.

In the same vein, the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sanchezpraised his “dedicated fight for the advancement of workers’ rights and our welfare state”.

The Second Vice President of the Executive Branch and Secretary of Labor, Yolanda Diazhas described Redondo as “an extraordinary trade unionist” who “leaves behind a life dedicated to defending working people, freedoms and democracy”.

Of Euskadi, the lehendakari, Inigo Urkullu, believes that Redondo has been “a benchmark for the union and political life of the transition in Euskadi and in the state”, and a “defender of workers’ freedom and rights”. For Urkullu, the man from Baracaldés was “an example of dedication and vital effort”.

The leader of the PP, Alberto Nunez Feijooalso expressed gratitude to Redondo, who in his opinion was “a reference in the defense of freedom, workers’ rights and democracy”.

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Source: EITB


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