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Thanks Jeanette! - CTU

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Thanks Jeanette! - CTU

Helen Kelly, CTU President, said today that the union movement has enormous appreciation of the contribution made by Jeanette Fitzsimons during her time in Parliament.

Kelly said: "Jeannette is a champion for the environment, a strong supporter of the role of unions in sustainable development, a voice of reason on climate change, and was a leader of the Greens during the period of a Labour-led government when they needed the Green Party votes in Parliament to ensure that many initiatives for social justice and in support of workers went through Parliament. On top of that the Greens promoted many of their own positive initiatives for workers."

The CTU worked closely with Jeannette on a programme on worker participation in energy efficiency projects. This was included in the 2008 Budget but was unfortunately scrapped by the new government.

Kelly added that Jeanette is not only extremely knowledgeable but also one of the nicest people in politics and always put the causes she supported ahead of any personal ambitions. It is typical of her to step down at this time and in this way to allow a new Green Member of Parliament to make their mark before the 2011 election.

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