The Grenada Trades’ Union Council (GTUC) mourns the passing of one of its outstanding stalwarts Brother Stanley Roberts.
In paying tribute to Brother Roberts, President of the GTUC Andre Lewis said, “we are deeply saddened by the passing of this outstanding Grenadian”.
“He (Roberts) constantly and unequivocally articulated a vision that placed education, training and improved worker productivity as central pillars of economic development and growth”, he added.
According to Lewis, the “brilliance, foresight, passion and commitment” that the late trade unionist demonstrated for Grenada and to the development of the Grenadian workers will be missed.
Roberts served as President of the Seamen and Waterfront Workers’ Union, General Secretary/Treasurer of the Taxi Owners’ and Drivers’ Association, 1st Vice President and 2nd Vice President of the Grenada Trades’ Union Council, and General Council member of the Caribbean Congress of Labour (CCL).
He also served at one time as one of the Labour Representatives on the Board of Directors of the state-owned National Insurance Scheme (NIS) for twenty-six (26) years from 1984-2010.
Roberts was the longest serving director on the NIS Board.
A TUC release on the passing of the late trade unionist noted that for almost four decades, “Brother Roberts championed the rights of workers”.
“He was in the forefront of many struggles for the Seamen Union with the likes of the late C. Eric Pierre, Arthur Ramsey among others. In addition, his solidarity for sister trade union was implacable.
‘Stanley Roberts made the activities of the labour movement habitual.
He provided leadership and motivated colleagues.
“Negatives and sometimes even working against the odds were daily challenges including – confronting the said Government that workers help to elect and a powerful business class, nevertheless, the late Stanley Roberts stood the test of time in protecting workers benefits.
The statement added that GTUC and its affiliates will remember “our late brother Stanley Roberts for his contribution to the working people of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique and the wider Caribbean”.
The trade union umbrella body extended condolences to his wife Agatha, daughter Susanna Esther and son Luther Stanley Jr., and other members of the Roberts’ family.