So, after some four years in a shop, and ten doing road maintenance work for the local council, Robert became a shoemaker. He started making clogs, but as soon as Dept 452 was opened, he transferred there and became a slipper stitcher on the conveyor. He likes the work, and in recognition of his aptitude and industry, Robert was promoted shareman about two years ago.
His son will be leaving school next year, and Robert hopes that he will be able to start training as an engineer in the engineering department. Robert wants his children to get on, and he knows that at Bata they have the chance to prove their worth, and to climb to responsible positions. Whatever spare time Robert has got, and a father of three children cannot have much, he likes to devote to gardening, and is proud of his allotment. During the long winter evenings, when gardening is out of the question, he likes to sit in the parlour either listening to some good programme on the wireless, but more often than not, he is busy at rug making. Foreman E Purkiss, in charge of Dept 452, told the Bata Record, “I can have full confidence that whatever instructions I give, will be carried out efficiently. Gibson is an industrious and reliable worker and a credit to the department.”