Belgian trade unionist and peace activist, Ignas Lindemans, dead at 81

posted 9 Feb 2009, 05:07 by Stefan Gigacz   [ updated 9 Feb 2009, 05:16 ]
KerkNet reports that trade unionist and peace activist, Ignas Lindemans, has died aged 81.

Strongly inspired by the legacy of Cardijn, Lindemans was a former member of the Flemish YCW (KAJ), who held an economics degree as well as a doctorate in law.

In 1950 he became the first head of the research department of the Christian trade union ACV where he worked for thirty years.

It was during this period he was also the spiritual father of the employment program, DAC, to assist long-term unemployed back into jobs.

From 1978 to 1988, during the nuclear missile crisis, he was also President of Pax Christi Flanders.

He was also founder of the NGO Committee for European Security and Cooperation.

 Ignas Lindemans taught at the KULeuven from 1958 to 2003 and was chair of the Renovabis Brabant, an association of Flemish intellectuals that grew out of the KSA.

SOURCE: Trade unionist, peace activist Ignas Lindemans deceased
(Original source in Flemish, English version prepared with the assistance of Google Translate.)