In Memoriam: Edward Evelyn Greaves

Edward Evelyn Greaves, former ILO Senior Specialist in Workers' Activities, passed away on 22 September 2018.

News | 27 September 2018
The Director and Staff of the ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean are deeply saddened by the death of Edward Evelyn Greaves, former ILO Senior Specialist in Workers' Activities, who passed away on 22 September 2018.

Born in Barbados on 19 April 1940, Greaves graduated from the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill Campus) with an Honours Degree in History and Economics (1967) and from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA with a Master’s in Education (Labor Studies, 1971).

Evelyn Greaves joined the ILO Area Office and Multidisciplinary Advisory Team for the Caribbean in Trinidad and Tobago in September 1996. Throughout his ILO career, his trade union background helped him to transform the ILO’s values and principles into concrete action to help progress the living and working conditions of workers in the Caribbean region.

He was instrumental in advising trade unions and national centres on matters relating to their development and provided information on issues relevant to the trade union movement. As a major actor in the development of labour education in the Caribbean he provided substantial technical assistance to labour colleges during their formative years.

In 2002, under the guidance of Mr Greaves, the ILO Area Office and Multidisciplinary Advisory Team for the Caribbean developed and published a series of workers’ education manuals for use in the Caribbean region. He was also featured as one of the writers for the ILO’s Labour Education journal.

Before joining the ILO, Greaves already had a long trade union career behind him:
  • From 1974 to 1996, he was the Deputy General Secretary and Head of the Barbados Workers Union Labour College.
  • In 1991, Greaves was awarded the Gold Crown of Merit (GCM) for his long and dedicated service trade unionism and workers’ education in Barbados.
Mr Greaves served as High Commissioner to Canada from 2008-2015 and represented the parish of St Lucy for two terms, 1971 to 1981 and again from 1986 to 1994. He held the ministerial positions of Trade, Industry and Commerce; Housing, Lands and Community Development; and Tourism and International Transport.

He leaves behind his wife Julia, and two children, Stacey and Lauralynn. The Office extends condolences to his family and loved ones.