Irish transport and general workers union

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The Irish Transport And General Workers Union by C.Desmond Greaves

A fantastic read, it was nice to read about a period where the labour movement was in ascendancy. Though the ITGWU can be viewed as a syndicalistic union it was interesting to learn that its structures were fairly undemocratic and its radical stance was a result of the politics of its leaders (which we presumably a lot to do with the lack of co-opting structures that exist in industrial relations today). Its main achievement seems to be the uniting of town and country, which proved so elusive for many syndicalist unions, bringing agricultural labourers into the mainstream labour movement.
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Dublin Bus Strike (1961)

Workers' Union of Ireland

This provoked a vicious backlash from employers. The Lockout lasted six months but the employers failed to smash the union. He also took over command of the Irish Citizen Army, set up to protect strikers from police brutality during the Lockout. Larkin was unable to return to Ireland until General President, Tom Foran and General Treasurer William O'Brien rebuilt the organisation which had , members by , making it by far the largest union on this island. It played a leading role in the Anti-Conscription Campaign of that prevented young Irish workers being forced to fight for the British Empire in the First World War and also led the Motor Permits and Munitions strikes of against military occupation.

The new union quickly grew, gaining the allegiance of about two thirds of the Dublin membership of the ITGWU and of a smaller number of rural members. It affiliated to the pro-Soviet Red International of Labour Unions , but during the s gradually entered the mainstream of the Irish trade union movement, being admitted to the Dublin Trades Council in although the Irish Trade Union Congress would not accept its membership application until In a new trade union bill was published by the Government. Inspired by an internal trade union restructuring proposal by O'Brien, it was viewed as a threat by the smaller general unions and the Irish branches of British unions known as the 'amalgamated unions'. Larkin and the WUI played a leading role in the unsuccessful campaign against the bill. After Big Jim Larkin's death, his son James Larkin Jnr became general secretary, and continued to preside over a gradual expansion of the WUI, including amalgamations with a number of other unions.

The Irish Transport and General Workers Union (ITGWU), was a trade union representing workers, initially mainly labourers, in Ireland.
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The union was founded by James Larkin in January as a general union. In turn, William X.

The union was founded by James Larkin in January as a general union. In turn, William X. O'Brien became the union's leading figure, and ultimately served as general secretary for many years. William O'Brien and James Larkin remained bitter personal enemies, and when Larkin and his supporters were readmitted into the Labour Party in the early s, O'Brien engineered a split in the party, with the new National Labour Party claiming that the main party had been infiltrated by communists. From the s on proposals to merge the two unions were floated. The union absorbed numerous smaller trade unions: [6]. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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