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LIMERICK HARBOUR BOARD ADDRESSES TRADES UNION LABOUR QUESTION

Limerick, Monday – In a recent session of the Limerick Harbour Board, chaired by Councillor T. Evans, discussions centred around a letter received from the Limerick Branch of the Trades and Labour Council. The letter contained a resolution passed during the Council’s last meeting, proposing that all contracts entered into by the Board include a clause stipulating the use of Trades Union labour and that all mechanics employed by the Board be members of their respective trade unions.

The Mayor, addressing the attendees, acknowledged the upcoming visit of a deputation regarding this matter. Alderman Joyce inquired about the deputation, and Mr J. F. Goodbody expressed his opposition, emphasizing that the Board should not be dictated to by any Trades Unions regarding their employment decisions. Goodbody characterized the resolution as impertinent and proposed that the deputation not be heard. This proposal was seconded by Mr Russell.

Alderman Joyce, MP.., reminded the Board of its tradition of allowing deputations to be heard and proposed that the deputation be given an opportunity to present their case. Councillor Glynn seconded the amendment, which was carried by a vote of eight to three.

The deputation, led by Councillor P. Walsh, addressed the Board, urging them to act in accordance with the terms of the resolution. Walsh emphasized that the inclusion of such a clause in contracts would guarantee the employment of Trades Union labour and, in turn, secure better workmanship. He pointed out that both the Asylum Board and Board of Guardians had already implemented similar measures.

Mr R. P. O’Connor echoed Walsh’s sentiments, advocating for the insertion of the proposed clause. After expressing gratitude for the reception they received, the deputation withdrew.

The Board decided to adjourn the consideration of the resolution to the next meeting, indicating that further deliberations would take place on this contentious issue. The outcome of these discussions will likely have significant implications for the employment practices of the Limerick Harbour Board.

Freeman’s Journal – Tuesday 04 June 1912

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