Marcelino Camacho, first general secretary of CCOO, has passed away. Camacho was a giant of the international labour movement who gave his whole life to the struggle against tyranny and for the workers. The Communist Party has sent its condolences.
 
 

This is the communique of the CCOO in Spain.

 


 
 
In the early hours of today, Marcelino Camacho, our colleague and the first general secretary of CCOO, a symbol of the struggle for trade union rights and democracy in our country, has passed away. His funeral chapel has been set up today in the auditorium named after him, at the CCOO headquarters of the region of Madrid and tomorrow, Saturday 30th at 12.30 pm, there will be a public commemoration and farewell act at the Puerta de Alcalá monument. The general secretary of CC OO, Ignacio Fernández Toxo, will intervene in this act.
 
 
 
Marcelino Camacho was born to a rail workers’ family on January 21st 1918 in Osma la Rasa (Soria). When he was 17, he joined the Spanish Communist Party and the UGT. We participated actively in the Spanish Civil War.
 
A fighter for freedom and workers’ rights since his youth, he was held in several concentration camps and put into prison after the Spanish Civil War. He lived for some years in Algiers, where he demanded political asylum. Married to Josefina Samper, he returned to Spain with the couple’s two children on July 18th 1957, after a reprieve.
 
He settled in Madrid and started working for Perkins Hispania as metalworker. Alongside other colleagues he founded CCOO in Madrid and was elected trade union representative, as well as re-elected in following elections. He was arrested on June 24th 1972 during the meeting of the National Coordination body of CCOO and sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment under the “Act 1001”. The sentence was reduced to six years in February 1975, and he was granted definitive freedom in May 1976.
 
He was elected coordinator of the Secretariat of CCOO, and from the first Congress on, which took place in June 1978, he held the post of General Secretary of CCOO, for which he was re- elected at the 2nd and 3rd Congress.
 
He was member of the Committee and of the Political Commission of the Spanish Communist Party, and was elected member of the Spanish Parliament in the first democratic elections. He resigned for devoting himself entirely to the trade unionism.
 
At the 4th Congress of CCOO he presented his resignation as general secretary, being then elected President of the Confederation. He remained in this post until 1996.
 
Since then he devoted himself to writing, speaking at conferences and participating at the activities organised by the union all over the country. His important role was acknowledged with numerous honours and awards, in Spain and abroad.