Post Office Workers Union

March of Irish Postal Workers Strike with banners September 1922

Postal Union Strike 1922

A selection of material from the Post Office Workers Union records held in the Society Collections relating to the seminal 1922 Postal Strike. The support of the Communications Workers Union and Dublin City Library & Archives in making these available is much appreciated.

Lead up to the Strike

As 1922 progressed the threats of the government to cut wages were discussed in correspondence. The government also attempted to have state employees make the following declaration: "that they have given and will continue to give to the Government elected by the Irish people that loyal and faithful service". The trade unions responded to the looming cuts by calling a Special Delegate Conference. P.S. O'Hegarty issued a poster to be displayed in all postal workplaces threatening that anyone who goes on strike "automatically forfeits his position".

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