Friday 9 December 2016

Dunnes Stores anti-apartheid strikers honoured

Published 19/05/2015 | 02:30

Dunnes Stores strikers, back row from left, Mary Manning; Rosaleen Archbold, wife of the late trade union official Brendan Archbold; Catherine O’Reilly; Michelle Gavin; Alma Russell; Sandra Griffin; and Brendan Barron. Front row from left, Theresa Mooney; Karen Gearon; and Liz Deasy at the laying of plaque in honour of the Dunnes Stores strikers on Henry Street
Dunnes Stores strikers, back row from left, Mary Manning; Rosaleen Archbold, wife of the late trade union official Brendan Archbold; Catherine O’Reilly; Michelle Gavin; Alma Russell; Sandra Griffin; and Brendan Barron. Front row from left, Theresa Mooney; Karen Gearon; and Liz Deasy at the laying of plaque in honour of the Dunnes Stores strikers on Henry Street

Dunnes Stores workers, who went on strike for almost three years in the 1980s, were honoured with a plaque outside their former store on Henry Street.

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Trade union organiser, the late Brendan Archbold, along with 11 staff members were recognised for staging a picket between July 1984 and April 1987.

They took the stand because of their refusal to handle goods that were imported from South Africa.

General Secretary of Mandate John Douglas said that the strike played a pivotal role in world history and contributed to the fall of the apartheid regime.

"In effect they made the government change their policy on the importation of apartheid goods," he said.

"Nelson Mandela himself thanked them and said it led to the fall of the apartheid regime in South Africa," added Mr Douglas.

Meanwhile, the shop steward at the time, Karen Gearon, said that further action must be taken to provide current staff with secure hours.

Dunnes workers are set to march to the Dáil on June 6 in protest.

Irish Independent

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