Department of Labour expresses grief over sudden demise of Commissioner Thomas

Department of Labour expresses grief over sudden demise of Commissioner Thomas

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St Kitts and Nevis: The Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Labour – particularly the Department of Labour is saddened by the sudden passing of former Commissioner of Labour, Clifford Thomas. Thomas would have served as the Federation’s Commissioner of Labour for 11 years during the period 1997 to 2008.

In paying tribute to Thomas, Minister of Labour – Wendy Phipps indicated that she would have worked with him in various capacities over the past 25 years, “I would have had the pleasure of working with Clifford Thomas as Commissioner of Labour from as early as 1997. This was shortly after our Federation became a Member State of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in 1996. We would have worked on the National Tripartite Committee on International Labour Standards for approximately 13 years; as well as major programmes focused on matters such as the Labour Market Information System, the ILO’s Decent Work Country Programme, the Labour Exchange System, and the Feasibility Study on the Establishment of a National Productivity Centre for St Kitts and Nevis.”

“His support and facilitation of these key initiatives geared towards the further development of our national labour force were greatly appreciated,” Minister Phipps added.

The funeral service of Clifford Thomas is scheduled for 2 PM on Thursday, March 24, 2022, at Zion Moravian Church, Victoria Road, Basseterre. The Minister of Labour, Wendy Phipps, would have already reached out to the immediate family of Thomas shortly after his passing. Through this medium, the Department of Labour now reiterates its expressions of sincere condolences to the family of former Commissioner of Labour, Thomas, in particular, his wife Kathleen Jean Thomas; his children Alwyn Thomas and Lavida Thomas-Richardson, and their children.

“May his soul rest in Peace,” the Department of Labour concluded.