«We were shocked to learn of the premature demise of our dear friend
Pekka Aro», - the message reads. - «The ILO and the trade union movement
has lost a devoted champion of social justice and workers' rights.
We had known Pekka for a long time as a good colleague who spared
no efforts to promote the ideas of understanding, solidarity, friendship, and
better life for workers. He was held in high esteem in the trade union
community of the Soviet Union and, later, of the Commonwealth of
Independent States, and left many vivid memories behind.
Pekka's death is a personal loss for his friends here who were
privileged and honoured to meet and work with him over the many years.
We will always remember him.
At this tragic moment, please convey our condolences and deepest
sympathy to the International Labour Office and Pekka's relatives and