MARITIME Union national secretary Paddy Crumlin has paid tribute to the late Phil Eutrope who died recently at the age of 91.
Mr Eutrope was hailed for his role in setting up the Seafarers’ Retirement Fund (now Maritime Super) while serving as a representative of the Shipowners Association.
“It is with a heavy heart that we reflect on the passing of Phil Eutrope – a wonderful bloke, with strong principles and a generous and compassionate nature. He was respected by all,” Mr Crumlin said in an online statement.
“Phil was on the Trustee Board from the start in 1973, and was chair of the Fund for over 15 years until his retirement in 1996.”
Mr Crumlin is the current chair of Maritime Super.
He said Phil Eutrope worked closely with Pat Geraghty in the planning, implementation and success of the SRF.
“Their leadership secured the first retirement benefits for Australian Seafarers, decades before it became available to other Australian workers,” Mr Crumlin said.
“Their vision, maturity and commitment to our national seagoing workforce has seen many generations of seafarers retire with dignity and financial independence.”