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Canadian labour movement “giant” will be sorely missed

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Summary of story from cbc.ca, October 3, 2011

The president of Newfoundland and Labrador’s the Federation of Labour says the union movement has lost a giant with the death of Nancy Riche.

Lana Payne says Riche’s commitment to labour, feminism and to progressive politics never waned.

“For Nancy it was the work, it was the activism, it was about trying to make the world a better place and that’s what she did right up to the end,” said Payne on Sunday.

Riche, 66, died of complications of a heart condition on Saturday in St. John’s.

She was on the executive of the Canadian Labour Congress for many years.

Newfoundland and Labrador New Democratic Party Leader Lorraine Michael said Riche’s contributions would be missed.

“This is a really hard day for all of us,” said Michael on Sunday.

“Nancy Riche was an extremely important person in this country, not just in Newfoundland and Labrador but in this country and internationally when it came to the struggle for workers, women’s rights, for social justice.

“We’re going to miss her terribly.”

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