Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller is hailing the late trade unionist and former Senator, Hopeton Caven as a pioneer in the representation of workers and a distinguished son of Jamaica.

Mr. Caven died early this morning following a brief illness.

He was 88.

Mr. Caven led the JTUC for over 60 years and was a Vice President of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions.

He received the Order of Jamaica, Commander Class in 2001.

Head of the Hugh Lawson Shearer Trade Union Education Institute, Danny Roberts, says Mr. Caven’s name and legacy will endure.

General Secretary of the TUC, Barry Dawes says Mr. Caven showed unreserved commitment.