Former UGT Secretary General Nicolás Redondo Urbieta has died in Madrid at the age of 95. His union organization has lamented his death in a statement -recognized by Europa Press- and wanted to recall his “intense fight for the rights of working people, the improvement of employment and equality in Spanish society”.
Nicolás Redondo, recalls the UGT in his note, was born in Barakaldo in 1927. A metal worker, he joined the UGT and the PSOE in 1945. He was general secretary of the union from 1976 to 1994, although since 1971 he was already working as Political Secretary, a position of General secretary. On April 18, 1976, he was elected Secretary General of the UGT at the XXX Congress of the organization. Deputy of the PSOE for Vizcaya in 1977, 1979, 1982 and 1986, in 1987 he resigned from his seat.
The general secretary of the CCOO, Unai Sordo, has opined that with the disappearance of Nicolás Redondo, former general secretary of the UGT, “one of the most important personalities of democratic Spain dies.” Through social networks, Sordo has pointed out about Redondo that he was “a man who dedicated his life to the defense of workers / as.”
One of the most relevant personalities of democratic Spain has passed away. A man who dedicated his life to the defense of the workers. The earth be light to you, companion and countryman. A hug to his family and to @UGT_Comunica @SG_UGT . https://t.co/vUbx0z15bb
— Unai Sordo (@UnaiSordo) January 3, 2023
The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, highlighted “the committed fight for the advancement of workers’ rights and our welfare state” by Nicolás Redondo, the historic leader of the UGT who died in Madrid at the age of 95. “Nicolás Redondo, a key figure in the history of our democracy, leaves us,” the president wrote on his Twitter account.
Nicolás Redondo leaves us, a key figure in the history of our democracy. An example of a committed fight for the advancement of workers’ rights and our welfare state.
All my love to his family, friends and colleagues.
— Pedro Sánchez (@sanchezcastejon) January 4, 2023
The Second Vice President of the Government and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, also lamented tonight the death of the former Secretary General and highlighted his “life dedicated to the defense of working people, freedoms and democracy” through his Twitter account. Twitter. She added that “an extraordinary trade unionist is leaving, to whom this country will always be grateful.”
Goodbye to Nicolás Redondo. He leaves behind a life dedicated to the defense of working people, freedoms and democracy. An extraordinary trade unionist is leaving, to whom this country will always be grateful. My condolences to the entire family of @UGT_Comunica ❤️ pic.twitter.com/yxp5ZhpLGk
— Yolanda Díaz (@Yolanda_Diaz_) January 3, 2023