Books on Labour
Lockout: Dublin 1913 Published: January 2000
Published: January 2000 (Dublin)
Author: Padraig Yeates
Lockout is the story of the most famous labor dispute in Irish history. At 9:40 a.m. on Tuesday August 26, 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. By January 1914 the union had lost the battle, lacking the resources for a long campaign. The labor movement lost influence in the revolutionary events of the following years: nationalism thrust it to one side. But in the long run, it won the war: 1913 meant that there was no going back to the horrors of pre-Larkin Dublin. This is an outstanding survey. The definitive work on the subject for many years to come.