SF are organising a major Conference this weekend to mark a century since the 1913 Lockout, 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.
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, Lagan Brick and Waterford Crystal disputes, Siobhán O'Donoghue of the MRCI, International Union Leaders, writers such as Brian Hanley and Conor McCabe, Sinn Fein leaders Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald, and many more.
This event will be particularly interesting in light of the weekends developments.
I think it is fair to say that the Union Movement is very much at a crossroads, and the discussion on 'Trade Unionism and the Rights of Workers' will be very interesting in that context, particularly in light of participation of Jack O'Connor and Jimmy Kelly.
Could be an interesting event.