Mortished, R.J.P. 'Trade union organisation in Ireland'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XIV No. 4, 1925-1927, pp213-228
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XIV No. 4 1925-1927
It would seem that the Society confesses
to a certain ignorance concerning Trade Unions in Ireland,
though they number in their membership some hundreds of
thousands of our fellow-countrymen. This paper has been prepared
as a contribution towards the dissipation of that ignorance.
But it is by no means an easy task to present a clear
picture of the present state of Trade Unionism in Ireland, even
though the matter is restricted, as it will be in this paper, to
the forms of organisation, without reference to questions of
policy. Trade Unions have a long history; they have been
moulded by the pressure of economic circumstance as well as
by the ideas of their leaders and members; they have had to
meet and cope with conditions that vary from year to year and
from trade to trade; and in this country they have been affected
not only by local conditions but also by conditions in Great
Britain. Empiric value rather than theoretic logic is necessarily
their governing principle. Consequently it is extremely
difficult to analyse them in any strictly logical form. They refuse
to be confined within logical categories.
Read before the Society on Thursday, 7th January, 1926
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