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Footprints: Clive Dobson - A tireless advocate for workers

Published:Monday | October 5, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The late Clive Dobson was the son of a preacher - John Dobson  - and his mother Lucille Dobson was a housewife.

Clive Aubyn Dobson was born on February 14 in 1935.

Dobson received primary education at the Allman Town Junior School and then he went on to Kingston Senior School, now known as Kingston High School.
Clive Dobson continued his studies in social sciences where he attended the Henry George School for Social Science in Cornell, New York and the American Institute for Free Labour Development in Washington DC.

Dobson was a trade unionist, a senator, a husband and a father.

He started his long trade union career in 1958-1964 at the National Workers Union (NWU) as an organiser. He later became the assistant island supervisor at the NWU in 1975-77 and then later in 1981-83 and then their General Secretary in 1983-85.

He served the trade union for more than five decades doing tremendous work in advocating for Jamaican workers.

Dobson also had a political career as he was a former senator for the People’s National Party in the 1980’s.

Dobson married Elizabeth Ann Woetzel in 1978 and they had one son together.

Although he dedicated a lot of his time to defending the rights of workers who were a part of the NWU, he enjoyed swimming, cooking and reading.

Dobson, who was 80 years old at the time of his death, was a Methodist.

The trade union movement in Jamaica has lost a dedicated and respected voice.

Clive Aubyn Dobson will be greatly missed.

-Rasheda Myles

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