Mainstream trade unionism continues on the shameful road of failing to challenge Government in any significant way – Irish union leader

4 May

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Noel Murphy, National Secretary of the Independent Workers Union in Ireland, made the following address to the union’s 11th annual conference on 29th March 2014.  The IWU is a small, class-struggle union, standing outside the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) and hostile to the viciously anti-working Irish Labour Party

Noel Murphy (national secretary) and Patricia Campbell (president) at the IWU 2014 conference Noel Murphy (national secretary) and Patricia Campbell (president) at the IWU 2014 conference

A Cháirde,
Our organisation is 12 years old at this our 11th Annual Delegate Conference. We exist and given our limited resources because of small membership, few assets and a large dependence on voluntary labour, we are not faring too badly. We are high on aspiration. We seek to improve the conditions of our members, and of workers and their families in general both here in Ireland and worldwide. We seem mainstream trade unionism, continuing on the shameful road, of failing to challenge Government in any significant…

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