Writing direct to Derek, and allowing Unionsafety to publish his tribute to one of the CWU's most active and knowledgeable Branch (CWU Greater Merseyside Amal) Health & Safety Officer and Union Safety Rep; National Health, Safety, and Environment Officer, Dave Joyce paid tribute to Derek saying that he wanted to thank him for his:
“..contribution as a CWU Union Health and Safety Rep, Branch Officer, Health and Safety Co-Ordinator and your past roles and participation on the North West Health and Safety Regional Forum and Committee plus the North West BT Unions Health and Safety Co-ordinators Committee, amongst the many other Health and Safety campaigns you’ve supported and promoted so well over the years including the Union Safety Website, doing a great job with Chris.”
He took the opportunity to congratulate Derek on his retirement from BT Openreach and thanking him for:
“.. everything you have contributed in a very positive and helpful way during your sterling service to the Union. I wish you the best of health, happiness and good luck in the coming years.”
“I know you’ll still be involved and will be staying connected with Health and Safety as a retired member.
I hope a more leisurely, stress-free life (after BT) lays ahead of you though.
Your contributions to the CWU over many years, a role in which you’ve done an excellent job, will be missed but I hope and trust that your positive impact and contributions will be carried on by your successor and those that follow you into the future.”
On a more personal level Dave wrote:
“I’ve enjoyed your great company and support over the years since I firstly joined the CWU NEC in 1995 as Health and Safety Committee Chair and then when I became CWU National Health and Safety Officer in 2003. It has been a pleasure working with you during that time we’ve known each other and worked collaboratively.
You were very much involved in a number of campaigns I led such as the ‘Acoustic Shock Campaign’ and campaign to strengthen the SRSC Regs plus the Control of Asbestos at Work Regs to name but a few, and of course our ongoing support for the Hazards Campaign and Clean Air Network.”
Dave concluded hi8s tribute to Derek by writing:
“Thanks for your input and the great support you gave me over the years as a true trade union safety professional – all much appreciated.
My very best regards and best wishes for the future Derek. I’m sad to see you go. You will be a great loss.
Best wishes for your new endeavours and I wish you and your family good health, as you move forward in life.”