Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has called on Dunnes Stores to pay for the heroic anti-apartheid strikers to attend the funeral of Nelson Mandela in South Africa.
His call came as news emerged that Mandate and other unions are seeking to arrange their attendance at the ceremonies next week.
Gerry Adams said:
“The strikers’ long protest was honourable and just. They endured great personal hardship and cost over the course of nearly three years.
“Dunnes were wrong to stock South African goods while its government maintained Apartheid. The company have never acknowledged this injustice.
“The strikers are heroes and true friends of South Africa. They stood against racism and persecution at a time when it was needed most.
“Dunnes Stores now have an opportunity to go some way to right the awful way these workers were treated.
“The company should do the honourable thing and, in the spirit of reconciliation, pay for these workers to attend Madiba's funeral early next week."