By John Lynch
The urban of Belfast has a tendency to be mentioned by way of its specialty from the remainder of eire, an commercial urban in an agricultural state. even if, compared to one other 'British' business port comparable to Bristol it's the similarities instead of the diversities which are dazzling. while those towns are in comparison with Dublin, the contrasts turn into much more painfully obvious. This publication seeks to discover those contrasting city centres at first of the 20th century.
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44 Their evolution was similar. Initially all were bodies representing skilled craft unions and increasingly saw a shift to semiskilled and non-skilled unions. 45 In theory such bodies were nonpolitical, seeking only to advance the cause of labour by whatever means were practical. Almost all trades councils had rules prohibiting the discussion of party political issues which were seen as divisive. However, inevitably most councils tended to adopt the political opinions of the bulk of their membership.
This antagonised the extreme protestant/unionist clergy who already preached there and sparked violent confrontations. Although 44 A Tale of Three Cities a number of leading labour speakers from Britain attended these meetings, police presence was often required for the protection of their audiences. 18 Despite widespread and often violent opposition the ILP survived and even prospered: by 1907 there were five active branches in the city and many progressive trade unionists were active members.
He was rejected by the Unionist workers of Belfast as a nationalist, while Arthur Griffith dismissed him as a professional agitator. 91 Growth was sporadic. 92 It was in Dublin where by the end of 1911 there were three branches, that the union really established its strength. After winning a bitter struggle with the NUDL and the Workers Union the ITGWU finally represented all 'organised' unskilled labour in the city other than the corporation labourers who retained their own union. 93 According to the Registrar of Friendly Societies the ITGWU increased from 18098 members in January 1912 to 24135 in December although only 14000 members were affiliated by the union to the ILPTUC in 1913.
A Tale of Three Cities: Comparative Studies in Working-Class Life by John Lynch