Conference – A Century of Workers in Struggle 1913-2013


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Conference – A Century of Workers in Struggle 1913-2013

2013 will see the centenary of perhaps the most significant event in Irish Industrial History, the 1913 Lockout. This anniversary offers an excellent opportunity to reflect upon the struggles of workers in the past, and on the challenges facing workers today, both in Ireland and abroad.

To that end, Sinn Fein have organised a major conference early this year in Dublin to consider all the key issues workers faced today and in the past.

The conference, entitled ‘A Century of Workers in Struggle 1913-2013’ is to take place on March the 2nd, 2013 in Liberty Hall in Dublin.

The Conference will hear from many of Ireland’s key Trade Union leaders such as Jack O’Connor, Jimmy Kelly, Peter Bunting and John Douglas, journalists such as Eamon Dunphy, Frank Connolly and Gerry Flynn, workers from the Vita Cortex, Visteon, Lagan Brick and Waterford Crystal disputes, International Union Leaders, Siobhán O’Donoghue from the MRCI, writers such as Brian Hanley and Conor McCabe, Sinn Fein leaders Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald, and more.

The full line-up and brochure for the event is provided below.

This is a public event, and trade unionists, political activists, and member of the public are all very welcome to attend.

The details of the event are also available on Facebook.

Please also note that stalls from Trade Unions, NGOs, Historical Societies and other bodies are welcome, so please feel free to contact us if you are interested.

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2 Responses

  1. D

    February 19, 2013 2:34 pm

    “This anniversary offers an excellent opportunity to reflect upon the struggles of workers in the past, and on the challenges facing workers today, both in Ireland and abroad.”

    Does that include the challenges faced by teachers and parents in hundreds of small schools in Northern Ireland who are facing closure as a result of the recommendation in the Independent Review of the Common Funding Scheme to end small schools funding? This review, led by Sinn Fein Minister John O’Dowd’s appointee Sir Robert Salisbury, will put a stop to this very necessary funding in order to allow the Minister to implement Westminster’s cuts on Education Expenditure.

    Instead of swanning it about with leading trade unionists in Dublin, ‘lefts’ within Sinn Fein should be busying themselves to try and make sure this report’s recommendations are not pushed through by their own Minister in Stormont but buried.

    And that’s just the latest in the series of austerity cuts that Sinn Fein Ministers are pushing through in Northern Ireland. Only last week, Sinn Fein Minister John O’Dowd announced a biting cut to Educational Maintenance Allowance: a payment to children coming from the poorest households in Northern Ireland which is given to allow them the chance to stay in full-time education.

    In a move reminiscent of Maggie Thatcher’s approach to cutting benefits, the number of beneficiaries from this hardship payment will be dramatically slashed with all but the most income-deprived losing their entitlements. The £10 and £20 EMA weekly payments will be discontinued entirely. If Maggie’s approach is to be repeated we can expect that once the number of beneficiaries is reduced to a rump, the Stormont parties will eventually move to scrap the benefit entirely.

    Why are Sinn Fein apologists given the opportunity to promote themselves on this site when they are silent about their party’s implementation of Tory Austerity in the one place where they are in government?

  2. Justin

    February 21, 2013 3:02 pm

    It is sometimes difficult to judge a silence. But the lack of reply to D’s criticisms above is deafening, especially given that some prominent Sinn Féin leftists have published articles on this very website. I suspect that that not much time will be spent by those convened in Liberty Hall examining the neo-liberal beams firmly lodged in the collective SF eye-socket. Or maybe the Southern eye doesn’t want to see what the Northern eyes is up to?