Profile Patricia King : It’s good to be the King
Patricia King’s trade union career began with the occupation of a car factory in Dublin. Manufacturers used to have to part-assemble their cars in the country to avoid import taxes, but that requirement was gradually dropped after Ireland joined the
King was a shop steward for clerical workers in the Standard Triumph factory in Crumlin in Dublin, which assembled Jaguar and Rover cars. When the company announced it was closing in the mid 1970s, she and other workers staged a sit-in that lasted for more than ten weeks. It ended when the company agreed to offer the workers jobs in a new seat assembly factory that was being set up nearby.
Retired trade unionist Mick...
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