Obituary: Oscar Semerel

With great astonishment and profound dismay, we received the news that on 06 March our valuable colleague and esteemed friend Oscar Semerel passed away in his hometown Willemstad, Curaçao. Oscar Semerel was 83 years old.

He was founder and co-founder of different trade unions in Curaçao and Latin America and the Caribbean. He was well-connected to the Latin American Central of Workers (CLAT), and to the World Confederation of Labour (WCL). He also participated in numerous meeting of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva. The last years he was very active in organisations dedicated to pensioners.

His health had been problematic for some years already but deteriorated rapidly of late. He was intensively cared for in hospital but this could not prevent his passing away.

Oscar Semerel was a bastion of the trade union struggle in Curaçao, Latin America and the world. With his passing away the trade union world lost a legendary trade unionist.

May you rest in peace!

About WOW

WOW was founded as a Social Christian trade union and finds inspiration in the spiritual believe that man and universe were created by God or by persuasions coinciding with that. The increase of intercultural contacts provided opportunities for the WOW to expand and broaden its view with visions of other religious backgrounds. WOW does so in a joint attempt to build a world community based on freedom, dignity, justice and solidarity.

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