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LIMERICK LABOUR DISPUTE: Tensions Rise as Imported Workers Join Port Strike |

LIMERICK LABOUR DISPUTE: Tensions Rise as Imported Workers Join Port Strike

LIMERICK – In the ongoing dock labourers’ strike in Limerick, Ireland, tensions escalated today as an additional contingent of 50 workers was imported by the Limerick Shipping Company. The strike, which began as a localized dispute between the workers and Messrs. Mullock and Sons, took a contentious turn when the Limerick Company brought in outside labour through the Irish Pining Federation.

The imported workers, totalling 50 individuals, were sourced from Foynes and transported via the specially outfitted steamer Shalloon. These labourers are now actively engaged in port operations, intensifying the stand-off with the striking local workforce. To maintain order and security, an additional 1,000 members of the Constabulary were deployed in the city, supervised by Inspectors Nelligan, Reed, Hunt, and McCarrick.

Despite the heightened presence of law enforcement, the situation has not yet escalated to any breach of peace. Both the striking local workers and the imported labourers seem to be awaiting a resolution to the dispute, with hopes that an amicable arrangement can be reached.

The Limerick Shipping Company’s decision to import workers has sparked criticism from the striking labourers. A delegation from the strikers reportedly approached Mr L. Morley of the Limerick Steamship Company, expressing regret over the turn of events. However, the company contends that the importation of labour was a necessary response to the circumstances at hand.

Efforts are underway to mediate a resolution, with the Mayor and other representatives engaged in negotiations. The strike has prompted concerns among city officials, not only due to its impact on local businesses and port operations but also because of the financial strain imposed by the deployment of an additional 1,000 constables.

In an attempt to defuse the situation, the Mayor and other intermediaries are working towards a settlement that addresses the grievances of the local workforce while considering the concerns of the Limerick Shipping Company. The urgency for a swift resolution is emphasized, as the cost of maintaining the heightened security presence is already posing a burden on local taxpayers.

The situation remains fluid, and the city of Limerick anxiously awaits a resolution that will bring an end to the labour dispute and restore normalcy to the crucial port operations.

Dublin Daily Express – Wednesday 29 January 1913

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