On 26 August 1913 the trams stopped running in Dublin. Striking conductors and drivers, members of the Irish Transport Workers’ Union, abandoned their vehicles. They had refused a demand from their employer, William Martin Murphy of the Dublin United Transport Company, to forswear union membership or face dismissal. The company then locked them out.
Within a month, the charismatic union leader, James Larkin, had called out over 20,000 workers across the city in sympathetic action. By January 1914 the union had lost the battle, lacking the resources for a long campaign. But it won the war: 1913 meant that there was no going back to the horrors of pre-Larkin Dublin.
This outstanding survey shows why: it has already established itself as the definitive work on the Lockout.
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About the Author
Pádraig Yeates is a journalist, trade union activist and author. His other books include A City in Wartime: Dublin 1914-18 (2011) and A City in Turmoil: Dublin 1919-21 (2012). At present, he is Industry and Emplyment correspondent of The Irish Times.