Date Released: 07 January 2014
The Dún Laoghaire 1913 Commemoration Committee is hosting a workshop entitled “After the Lockout commemorations - Trade Union Organising in 2014 and beyond” to be held in the Dún Laoghaire Club, Eblana Avenue, Dún Laoghaire on Saturday, 25th January from 2.30 p.m. to 5.30p.m.
The workshop is open to all and is intended as a forum in which people who are interested in organising in their workplaces and communities can share ideas with each other.
INTO activist, Gregor Kerr, who is one of the event’s organisers, said: “The last six months have seen many events held to mark the centenary of the 1913 Lockout and the heroic battles waged by Dublin’s workers for union recognition. As the period of commemoration draws to a close, this workshop aims to bring together a number of people involved in on-the-ground organising today to look forward rather than back - to share skills, analyse problems and discuss the type of trade unionism that is needed 100 years after the Lockout battles.”
SIPTU Campaigns and Equality Organiser, Ethel Buckley, said: “The focus for trade unionists in Ireland must now be the future of our movement. The Lockout commemoration reminded us all of the origins of our movement and how far we have advanced. It also reminded us of what is still to be achieved. The emphasis is now on building a strong fighting trade union movement which can link up with and support all those involved in the struggle to improve our society.”
2.30 p.m. - Introduction – Gerry Craughwell, president Teachers Union of Ireland
2.40 p.m. - Panel discussion – Organising in the workplace – What works?
Eira Gallagher (SIPTU Organiser)
Jimmy Kelly (Unite General Secretary)
Mandate Organiser (TBC)
3.30 p.m. Workshops - Facing the challenges in workplaces and communities – practical steps in how to organise
4.30 p.m. Break
4.40 p.m. Panel Discussion – Into the Future
Padraig O Tomhair (Independent Workers Union)
Ethel Buckley (SIPTU Campaigns and Equality Organiser)
Migrants Rights Centre of Ireland spokesperson
5:25 p.m. Concluding remarks
ICTU President, John Douglas