Cliff Dolan

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Clifford Ormond Dolan AO (23 January 1920 – 7 December 2000) was an Australian unionist. He was President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions from 1980 to 1985.

Early life[edit]

Dolan was born in Grafton, New South Wales,[1] and raised in the Sydney suburb of Meadowbank. His father was a council gardener. He attended West Ryde Primary School and Sydney Technical High School. He became an electrician, and rose to become a full-time official of the Electrical Trades Union by 1949; he was elected Federal Secretary in 1960.

He was Senior Vice-President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions 1973-80, and then succeeded Bob Hawke as President after Hawke went into politics. He remained President until 1985, and was succeeded by Simon Crean.

Honours[edit]

He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1980, "in recognition of service to trade unionism".[2]

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