Unfinished Business 1913 Podcast #6: Irish Trade Unionism Today

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The final 1913 Unfinished Business podcast in this series – which aired on NEARfm last week – is now available to stream and download.

Available here and below.

It will be available on our bandcampwordpress and podomatic later in the week.  

In our final episode of the 1913 Lockout podcast series we look at how workers can organise today to meet the challenges we face.

We take a critical look at the state of the Irish trade union movement today and explore what needs to be changed.

We speak with Joe Carolan, Organiser with Unite, on his experience with organising Fast Food Workers in New Zealand and hear from Esther Lynch, Legal and Legislative Officer ICTU, on the legislative framework for Irish trade unions. Derek Keenan, chair of the CWU Youth Committee, speaks to us about what the trade union response has been to Job Bridge and Kieran Allen, Lecturer and Shop Steward, addresses the history of social partnership.

This episode also takes a look at a form of community unionism as advocated by the Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci.

The series concludes with group discussion on the need for a reinvigorated mass movement of workers to fight back against bosses, and where to go from here.

Contributors: Moira Murphy, Pádraig Madden, Ronan Burtenshaw, Shane Fitzgerald, Eoin Griffin, and Jen O’Leary.

Produced by: Moira Murphy

Music by Lynched & Lawless.

Thanks to: Joe Carolan, Esther Lynch, Derek Keenan, Kieran Allen