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C. Flower
16-09-2011, 10:58 AM
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A Public Meeting to mark the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Sligo branch of the Irish Transport and General Workers Union (I.T. &.G.W.U.) will take place in the Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo on this Saturday the 17th September at 8.00.p.m.

Speakers at the event, which is being organised by the People First/United left Alliance will include Dr John Cunningham, (author and historian NUI Galway) Cllr Declan Bree, Sligo, and Mr Brian Scanlon (Sligo I.T.G.&W.U and SIPTU activist). Mr Ross Gildea, the general secretary of People First will preside at the meeting.
Speaking today Mr Gildea said “The meeting will cover matters relating to the foundation and growth of the branch, the 1913 Sligo Dock Strike and the development of the broad labour and trade union movement over the decades.”

“The Sligo branch of the I.T.G.&.W.U. was founded at a meeting organised by John Lynch and the Trades Council which was chaired by the Mayor of Sligo on the 17th of September 1911.” said Mr Gildea.
“Jim Larkin’s colleague Walter Carpenter, who was an I.T.G.W.U. Organiser and Secretary of the Socialist Party of Ireland, was the main speaker at the founding meeting. The then Bishop of Elphin Dr Clancy, described Carpenter as “an imported mischief maker” in the course of a sermon on the dangers of Socialism.

“John Lynch, who worked closely with the founders of the union James Larkin and James Connolly, became Secretary of the Branch and within a short time he was elected to the I.T.G.&W.U. Executive for Connacht.
“The significant growth in membership and the establishment of additional branches of the Union throughout county Sligo reflected the growing militancy of working people who had been subjected to unacceptable treatment by employers and the state. Given the current economic and political climate in Ireland it’s clear that we have much to learn from those early pioneers of the labour movement.” Mr Gildea said.
Via Cedar Lounge Revolution.

This looks like an interesting event for anyone within reach.

"People First/ULA" ?

Can anyone clarify this for me ? Who are "People First and have they merged with the ULA?


Reports and more information on this would be welcomed.