Dun­lop worker’s re­tire­ment plans are on track!

Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

DUN­LOP’S long­est-serv­ing em­ployee is set to re­tire af­ter 53 years of un­bro­ken ser­vice.

John Daven­port be­gan his ca­reer with the en­gi­neer­ing firm in 1963 on the same day that the com­pany’s cur­rent CEO Chris David was born.

Dur­ing his time with the com­pany, the 70-year-old has barely had a day off and worked nearly every role in the com­pany.

He left the com­pany at the end of April hav­ing served as the com­pany sec­re­tary on the Board of Di­rec­tors.

John is con­sid­ered a “font of all knowl­edge” about Dun­lop’s his­tory af­ter start­ing his ap­pren­tice­ship at the Hol­brooks site when there were more than 9,000 em­ploy­ees based there.

The keen model train en­thu­si­ast has had a huge im­pact on the lives of thou­sands of work­ers due to his role as lead union ne­go­tia­tor.

John told the Tele­graph that one of his great­est achieve­ments was re­duc­ing the work­ing week for em­ploy­ees.

He said: “My great­est achieve­ment was as a union con­vener for the AWU ne­go­ti­at­ing in 1990 the re­duc­tion of hours from 39 to 37 hours and with it achiev­ing the re­duc­tion in the work­ing week from Mon­day to Thurs­day, a four- day week giv­ing the em­ploy­ees a three-day week­end.”

On April 26, Dun­lop threw a re­tire­ment party for the vet­eran worker invit­ing along past and cur­rent em­ploy­ees.

Mick Can­ham, se­nior pro­gram man­ager, said: “The re­tire­ment party was a huge suc­cess and John was pre­sented with some very lim­ited Hornsby train sets which is a pas­sion of John’s.

“About 20 ex/re­tired work col­leagues turned up to wish John all the best, some of which had re­tired as long as 25 years ago. John was de­lighted to see so many old faces from the past and share mem­o­ries.”

John will also re­tire from his role as Jus­tice of the Peace af­ter 31 years’ in ser­vice.

He is now look­ing for­ward to play­ing an ac­tive role as a gover­nor of Ex­hall Grange Spe­cial­ist School.

He told the Tele­graph that work­ing at Dun­lop has been “re­mark­able”, but now he has a kitchen to fit for his wife.

He said: “It’s been a re­mark­able ex­pe­ri­ence. There’s not been a sin­gle day when I’ve not been happy to get up and come to work.

“My plans for re­tire­ment, well my wife wants me to put a kitchen in that’s she’s been ask­ing for for so many years I can’t even say.

“But other than that, en­joy­ing my time with my grand­chil­dren and go­ing to our car­a­van in Wales.”

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