Jersey

Former Jersey union boss Rene Liron dies

The man regarded by many in Jersey as the voice of the working man died aged 86 on Saturday.

Rene Liron led the local Transport and General Workers Union, now called Unite, for 27 years.

He was a central figure, representing workers in almost every major dispute in the 1970s and 1980s.

In 1990, the year he retired, he was made an MBE by the Queen and awarded the Bailiff's Medal for services to the island.

Former Senator Dick Shenton was a politician who frequently negotiated with the union. His son Ben said his father had fond memories of Mr Liron.

"My father was very sad to hear of Rene's death, they had a very close relationship going back many years," he said.

"He always respected Rene as an individual that saw common sense and stood up for all working men and all men."

Mr Liron was honoured in 2004 by the Jersey Heritage Trust.

He was chosen by islanders as the subject of the Jersey Citizen Portrait, a scheme to capture the image of islanders who have made an impact.

The highly acclaimed sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley, who created several designs on British coinage, produced the sculpture of Mr Liron.

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