23 Jun TRIBUTE TO CARLYLE DUNKLEY FROM DR. PETER PHILLIPS
Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips along with the entire family of the People’s National Party is saddened by news of the death of Comrade Carlyle Anthony Cosmo Dunkley.
For over four decades, Carlyle served the people of Jamaica with distinction and commitment. His leadership qualities were evident from his student days at Kingston College and it was in his final year as an undergraduate at the University of the West Indies that Michael Manley invited him to join the National Workers Union after his graduation.
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 tear. His leadership in the labour movement climaxed with his well-deserved appointment as President of the National Workers Union and of the Caribbean Bauxite Mine & Metal Workers Federation.
His outstanding record of service to the workers of Jamaica led to his nomination to the Senate, where he was elevated to the position of Deputy President. His service to the state assumed a new dimension with his appointment as Cabinet Minister in 1978 with responsibility for Public Utilities & Transport. Over time he would also be given portfolio responsibility for National Security, Education, Mining, Industry & Commerce and Tourism. He also served as Jamaica’s Ambassador to Cuba and Special Envoy to CARICOM and the Association of Caribbean States.
His impressive body of published work includes: Collective Bargaining – Some Problems in Jamaica Aluminum Industry and the Caribbean Connection; A Manual for Trade Union Officers.
The People’s National Party will always remember Cde. Dunkley for his invaluable service as a member of the National Executive Council (NEC) for over forty years and as a member of the Party’s Executive Committee. Comrades island-wide will recall his infectious enthusiasm on the campaign trail. On a personal level, I would like to place on record my own debt to Carlyle for his mentorship and guidance during my early political career.
A grateful nation conferred on him, the Order of Jamaica in 1991. Our condolences go to his widow, Phyllis, sons Graham and Stephen, grandchildren, Jacob and Chelsea and other members of the bereaved family.