The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) expresses its profound and deepest condolences at the news of the passing of an iconic labour leader, Comrade Bouali Mbarki - Deputy General Secretary of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) on Friday morning, October 30th, 2020
The passing of Brother Mbarki, a gallant leader of worker's rights and an accomplished international leader, represents a great loss for the African continent, and the global working-class movement as a whole.
The late Mbarki was well-known for being an articulate front-runner and clear thinker. He will be remembered for his political activism as a nationalist figure attached to nationalist causes, and the exceptional role played as the Internal Auditor of the African Regional Organisation of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-Africa).
The African trade union movement has lost a hero par excellence. Our heartfelt condolences go to Comrade Mbarki's family, Comrades at the UGTT, and the workers of Tunisia. May his revolutionary soul rest in eternal peace.