Gibraltar Parlt honours ex-YCW trade unionist

posted 6 Jul 2010, 04:05 by Stefan Gigacz
The Gibraltar Parliament has conferred the Gibraltar Medallion of Honour on Bernard Linares for his services to religion, trade unionism, education, public service and politics.

Gibraltar Chief Minister Peter Caruana recalled Dr Linares commitment in the 1970s to the Young Christian Workers Movement which with the Transport and General Workers Union was at the forefront of trade unionism defending workers’ rights.

Dr Linares had, in the 1960s participated in the commission that led to comprehensive education in Gibraltar. After being a branch officer of the TGWU he had formed the Gibraltar Workers Union and in 1975 he graduated as a teacher and joined Bayside School later becoming its head teacher in 1988. Then in 1996 became a minister with for three GSD government also participating in the constitutional talks.

“Bernard Linares has served Gibraltar, in one way or another for 47 years, in five careers,” said Mr Caruana adding that this had been always “with his humanism, his courtesy, his gentleness to the fore. Bernard Linares is a truly remarkable Gibraltarian who has dedicated his entire life to the people of Gibraltar in one form or another.”