Europe

100 years since the Lockout and resulting general strike in Ireland

Larkin speaking

It is one hundred years since the Great Dublin Lockout of 1913. This was a seminal event in the development of the Irish trade union and labour movement….

Today’s trade union movement should look to the events of a century ago as an inspiration. Capitalists on a global scale are attempting to reverse all the gains that organised workers have made over recent decades. Even the very right to be a member of a trade union is now under attack. Leaders of the labour and trade union movement should not be arbiters in the conflict between labour and capital. Less still should they become spokespersons for policies of austerity and cut-backs. The events of Dublin in 1913 demonstrate the importance of unity and solidarity in the face of the current employers’ offensive.

Read more: 1913 Lockout pdf

Categories: Europe, History, labor

1 reply »

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s