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Dublin dockers’ strike comes to an end
A loading wharf on the Liffey. Work on the docks has recently been affected by renewed strikes by dock workers Photo: 'Ireland in Pictures', John F. Finnery. Joseph McGarrity Collection. Digital Library@Villanova University.

Dublin dockers’ strike comes to an end

Dublin, 19 May 1917 - The Dublin dockers’ strike has ended.

The intervention of the Lord Mayor of Dublin has helped broker a resolution of a pay dispute between the Shipping Association and the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union. 

The strike over pay at the South Wall Quay began three weeks ago and disrupted the flow of supplies into the city, with large tonnages still lying unloaded. Traders and bakers affected have called for an immediate return to work so that the already serious food situation in Dublin does not become even worse.

The strike was the most serious labour dispute in Dublin since the 1913 Lockout ended.

Posters from January 1917 attempting to avert the strike in the Dublin Docks by calling on the public to not support Campbell's Bakery in Ringsend. (Image: National Archives of Ireland, CSO RP 1917 1698)

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]


Century Ireland

The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.