Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane has said that the event held in the Assembly to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Dublin Lockout was a reminder that workers rights need to be protected.
Ms. Ruane said,
“I was delighted that the Assembly have held a memorial lecture to mark the 100th anniversary of the Dublin Lock Out. The lecture is part of a series of commemorations to mark the centenary of events that are approaching over the next ten years.
“The lecture given by Dr Emmett O’Connor, senior lecturer in History from the University of Ulster was very informative but it also highlighted issues that need to be addressed today.
“100 years on we still are still striving for workers rights as many have been eroded over the past thirty years with economies being dictated to by big banks and multi national organisations who’s only aim is to make huge profits.
“Whether it is in Ireland or abroad, workers are now being treated as a commodity and we must learn the lessons of the Dublin Lock Out and begin to treat workers as people and ensure that their rights are enshrined in law.”