Dunlop worker’s retirement plans are on track!
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.”