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Dobson a trade union stalwart

Published:Wednesday | October 7, 2015 | 10:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Clive Dobson exhibited qualities of the consummate trade union leader who brought together an abiding conviction to the ideals of the advancement of the working class with a passion for hard and meticulous work, and a firm but compassionate resolve that reflected his human spirit.

His lifetime work with the labour movement and his enduring belief in trade union unity qualify him to be among the pantheon of trade union leaders who emerged during the 1960s, dedicated to the cause of building a strong and united trade union movement.

Dobson was to play an instrumental role in the reshaping of the curricula of the then Trade Union Education Institute to locate worker education within the context of academic tutelage, and to recognise it as a vehicle through which the working class could better understand and influence the conditions and circumstances which affected their lives.

He has left an imprint on the landscape of industrial relations and trade union development, creating a legacy that will be forever etched into the memories of those who had the privilege to work with him.

DANNY ROBERTS

Head, Hugh Lawson

Shearer

Trade Union Education

Institute