Henry Moses

Henry Moses (c 1940-1986), pioneer trade union leader, president, Bougainville Mining Workers Union (BMWU) to 1986. This position required detailed negotiation rarely seen in industrial relations in PNG. Moses defeated Tony Ila for presidency of PNG’s Trade Union Council (TUC) in 1983. In 1985 he criticized the fragmentation of PNG unions and the lack of cooperation between private and public sector unions. His recommendation that the TUC initiate a political party, a Labour Party, was not accepted by the TUC. He was criticized by some trade union officials because his responsibilities to the BMWU kept him in North Solomons, and away from Port Moresby, for lengthy periods. However, his proposal to reform TUC procedures and establish a management board were implemented and he successfully established relations with international trade union organizations.

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