Power in a union?

With the 100th anniversary of the 1913 Lockout on everyone's minds, there was an air of seige mentality about Siptu's national conference in Dublin last week, writes Nicola Cooke.

12th October, 2013

Unions in Ireland now face their ''most difficult time in history'' since World War II. This was what delegates attending Siptu's biennial national conference in Dublin last week were told, a century on from the 1913 Lockout.

The four-day conference at Dublin's Mansion House was a special commemoration of the Lockout, when employers in the capital forced employees to sign a pledge to disown the Irish Transport and General Workers Union (ITGWU) or forfeit their jobs.

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