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Celebrating 35 years since the Dunnes Stores Anti-Apartheid Strike

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Liberty Hall

Eden Quay

Dublin 1

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“The Most Dangerous Shop Workers in the World”


Join us as Mandate and the Irish Trade Union movement celebrates the 35th anniversary of the Dunnes Stores Anti-Aparthied Strike.


In 1984, 11 young Dunnes Stores workers in Dubin refused to handle goods from Apartheid South Africa due to how the regime treated black South Africans. The dispute became one of the most prolonged industrial battles in Irish history with the strike lasting for two years and nine months.


The workers won their campaign and forced the Irish government to ban all South African produce entering Ireland. Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela praised the workers for their actions with Mandela stating that the workers kept him going through many of his difficult days in prison. But victory didn't come without significant personal and professional cost for all of the workers involved.


It is important that we remember the inspirational actions of these trade union members today, particularly as we witness the rise of racism and the far-right across Europe and Ireland.


Friday November 1st - Liberty Hall Theatre
18.00 – Introduction ICTU General Secretary Patricia King
18.20 – Reading of Tracy Ryan’s play 'Strike'
20.00 – Interval
20.30 – Concert

Saturday November 2nd – Connolly Hall
10.30-11.30: ‘Back to the Future’
11.45–12.45: ‘Boycott’
13.00-14.30: ‘Linking Struggles’
14.30-15.00: Lunch
15.00-16.30: ‘The Most Dangerous Shopworkers in the World’ - Panel discussion with the Dunnes Stores Anti-Apartheid Strikers.

Free admission for those in Direct Provision: email dunnesstrike35years@gmail.com for booking.

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