Exploring the Lessons of the 1913 Lockout and its Legacy for Today - DABF 2013

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2013 marks the 100th anniversary of what many see as the most significant industrial dispute ever to have taken place in Ireland - the Dublin Lockout. The employers of Dublin, led by William Martin Murphy, locked out over 20,000 workers in an attempt to starve them into submission and to smash the increasingly popular Irish Transport and General Workers Union (ITGWU).

 

One of the 2013 Anarchist Bookfair highlights was a meeting at which a panel of speakers explored the legacy of 1913 and its lessons for the trade union movement of today. Padraig Yeates (author of ‘Lockout’), Brian Hanley (historian and author), Mary Muldowney (author of many books and articles on women’s labour history) and Gregor Kerr (WSM member and Irish National Teachers Organisation activist) each took a unique look at the relevance of 1913 and why it retains such importance among trade union organisers and activists one hundred years on. 

You can listen to the audio of tha meeting via our Mixcloud account or on the player below

 

Exploring the Lessons of the 1913 Lockout and its Legacy for Today - DABF 2013 by Workers Solidarity on Mixcloud