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It is with great sadness that we report the death of Professor Christos (Chris) Jecchinis, Greek trade union educator, contributor to and friend of the European Review. During his long life he served as a saboteur behind Nazi lines in occupied Greece, a trade union official, an Economics student and, eventually, professor, a journalist, author and United Nations officer as well as an expert on vocational education for the Greek and EU trade unions. He penned a thoughtful and erudite article on citizenship for an early issue of our publication, quoting both ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle and ex-Prime Minister Blair in unusual proximity (see issue 20), and was known widely in the labour movement. TUC education manager Liz Rees recalls, ‘Chris was a very special person, personally and professionally. He made a huge contribution to the international labour movement and remained highly influential in his later years. An early champion of the union role in tackling literacy and numeracy, his last paper focused on the role of active, free trade unions in the EU. It was a privilege to have known and worked with him and he will be sadly missed by all his friends in the TUC’.
Chris (at the lectern) addresses a union meeting at the American Marshall plan mission to Greece in 1950