Wexford mayor draws parallels between Lockout and Dunnes dispute

By David Tucker

Published 12/05/2015 | 00:00

RIGHT: Cllr George Lawlor lays a wreath at the Lockout Gate in The Faythe, Wexford, at the annual May Day ceremony.
RIGHT: Cllr George Lawlor lays a wreath at the Lockout Gate in The Faythe, Wexford, at the annual May Day ceremony.

WEXFORD'S Mayor Cllr. George Lawlor drew parallels between the struggle between workers and employers which led to the 1911 Lockout and the current situation facing Dunnes employees.

'Even in modern Ireland, we still have situations where workers such as those in Dunnes struggle to have their rights recognised,' Cllr. Lawlor said at the annual May Day wreath ceremony at the town's Lockout Gate. 'It's important that we keep this important piece of Wexford history alive,' he said.

This year also marks the 70th anniversary of the death of Richard Corish, who played a pivotal role in resolving the Lockout, and who later served as a national and local politician, and the 25th anniversary of the death of his son, Labour Party deputy and government minister Richard Corish.

More than 5,000 Dunnes workers took part in a day-long strike last month in protest at low-hours contracts and union recognition.

Dunnes' shop stewards subsequently voted for a national protest march to the company's head office in Dublin in June.

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