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Former Cabinet minister Carlyle Dunkley is dead

Thursday, June 22, 2017

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THE People's National Party (PNP) and the Union of Clerical, Administrative and Supervisory Employees (UCASE) have expressed condolences to the family and friends of former Cabinet minister and trade unionist Carlyle Anthony Cosmo Dunkley, who died yesterday morning.

Dr Peter Phillips, leader of the Opposition and president of the PNP, said Dunkley, who was born in the parish of Portland in 1939, distinguished himself as a leader, adding that his leadership qualities were evident from his student days at Kingston College and in his final year as an undergraduate at The University of the West Indies, where Michael Manley invited him to join the National Workers' Union (NWU) after his graduation.

The PNP president hailed Dunkley for serving in various capacities within the party and the wider Jamaica, including a stint as minister of education between 1989 and 1991, as well as minister of production, mining and commerce in 1992.

He was also deputy president of the Senate from 1972 to 1978, before serving as the minister of public utilities and transport from 1979 to 1980, under Prime Minister Manley's leadership.

In 1972, he was appointed island supervisor of the NWU, succeeding Manley, who had become prime minister of Jamaica. Upon Manley's departure, Dunkley assumed responsibility for all the industrial relations operations of the NWU, where he served workers in the bauxite and alumina industry, sugar industry and public sector, among others, with distinction. Dunkley later became the president of the NWU in 1977.

“His tenure in the trade union movement revealed the breadth of his vision and his capacity for transformation leadership. He was a leading member of Michael Manley's negotiating team, which won landmark benefits for the sugar workers in the historic 1959 agreement and for the bauxite workers that same year,” Phillips said in a release.

Phillips said that the PNP will always remember Dunkley for his invaluable service as a member of the National Executive Council for over 40 years and as a member of the party's executive committee.

President of UCASE Vincent Morrison, who had also served as head of the NWU, said Dunkley's passing has left a void in the trade union movement as he recalled when he joined the NWU in 1964 as research/education director.

“During his time in the union, Mr Dunkley placed a lot of emphasis on education and training for the members of the trade union movement. He was also instrumental in the Caribbean Bauxite and Mining Confederation,” Morrison stated in a press release.

He added that the trade unionist was involved in the Caribbean Congress of Labour and was instrumental in the formation of the International Metal Federation.

For his outstanding contributions to the nation, Dunkley was conferred with the Order of Jamaica in 1991.

Dunkley died leaving widow Phyllis, sons Graham and Stephen, and grandchildren Jacob and Chelsea.


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