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  • Mr. Holness in reflecting on the life of the former St Elizabeth South Eastern Member of Parliament said the Trade Union movement has lost one of its pioneers.
  • Prime Minister Holness said Mr. Rochester had a long and distinguished political career which saw him representing South East St. Elizabeth from 1972 to 1980, and again from 1989 to 2002.
  • The Prime Minister revealed that he will be making contact with Mr. Rochester’s family to personally convey his sympathy".

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has expressed condolences to the friends and family of former Parliamentarian and Trade Unionist Derrick Rochester.

Mr. Holness in reflecting on the life of the former St Elizabeth South Eastern Member of Parliament said the Trade Union movement has lost one of its pioneers. “Interestingly, he was the first worker delegate to head the National Workers Union and his contribution to the development of St Elizabeth is spoken about even today. He is probably one of the few union leaders to ever negotiate a 100 percent salary increase for bauxite workers”.

Prime Minister Holness said Mr. Rochester had a long and distinguished political career which saw him representing South East St. Elizabeth from 1972 to 1980, and again from 1989 to 2002. “Jamaica has lost a true servant of the people”.

The Prime Minister revealed that he will be making contact with Mr. Rochester’s family to personally convey his sympathy”.