“No odds were too great, no cause too small, and no negotiation too complex for Ottie.

Today all Bermuda mourns the father of the modern labour movement.” Premier David Burt expressed his condolences and those of the Government and people of Bermuda at news of the death of Mr.
Ottiwell Simmons, former President of the Bermuda Industrial Union and Member of the House of Assembly.

“Ottie’s fearless pursuit of social justice and rights for Bermuda’s workers laid the foundation for the employment protections which today we often take for granted. With the support of so many
others, Ottiwell Simmons’ name is synonymous with transforming Bermuda into a more just and equitable society.”

A Government spokesperson advised that in the coming days an announcement will be made
regarding a Book of Condolence for the public to record messages of thanks and sympathy.

The Premier concluded: “His legacy is defined by the strength of the Union to which he devoted his life and the core ideals that inspired his leadership during a key period of Bermuda’s history.

To his family and the members and friends of the Bermuda Industrial Union, sincere condolences on the passing of this Lion of the Labour Movement.”

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