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Sunday October 4th 2015

Irish History of Trade Unions

The history of Irish trade unions stretches back into the eighteenth century, when local societies were established in the cities to represent craftsmen such as bricklayers, butchers and printers. From about 1889 a new type of union began to emerge in Ireland, aimed at organising the mass of skilled workers. Separate unions covering dockers, railwaymen and general workers were established in these years.

The Irish Trade Union Congress (ITUC) was founded in 1894. Its stated aim was to act as the collective voice of organised Irish labour. New unions began to establish themselves from 1907, with the arrival in Ireland of James Larkin as an organizer for the British dockers' union. Two years later he established the Irish Transport and General Workers' Union (ITGWU).

Please click on the links below for more on the following Irish Trade unions:

Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU) (49 KB pdf)

Irish Bank Officials' Association (IBOA) 90 Years of Progress (213 KB pdf)

Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) (60 KB pdf)

Irish National Teachers Association (INTO) (47 KB pdf)

National Union of Journalists (NUJ) (50 KB pdf)

Technical Engineering and Electrical Union (49 KB pdf)

See also: > Labour History