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posted 18 Dec 2011, 07:42 by Gerry Kangalee
The National Workers Union expresses its great sorrow at the death of Comrade Mark Frost. Comrade Mark was a Labour Relations Officer with the OWTU, having come from the oil contracting sector.

He was a bright young spark, not only in the OWTU but in the labour movement. Mark was full of energy and enthusisam. He was enormously talented and skillful. His potential was obvious to everyone who knew him.

Above all else, Mark had a prespective of the role of the working class movement that is extremely rare among modern trade unionists, who are more concerned with driving half million dollar vehicles and living a bourgeois lifestyle than in serving the interests of their members and the class as a whole.

His grasp of the vital nature of workers participating in their own affairs was what set him apart from many who call themselves labour leaders. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. His death is an incalculable loss to the labour movement.

Our greatest tribute to Mark would be to re-double our efforts in worker education and to intensify our struggle to rid the labour movement of the quacks and invalids who infest it.

His memory deserves no less.