Lurgan Coat of Arms The Armagh Guardian

14 May, 1914  


The Lurgan weavers, in Ulster, receive a wage of 12/- a week, and have not had an increase for 30 years. Labourers in Belfast get from 12/s -to £1/1/- a week. The frightful conditions in Dublin were made known to the world by the recent strike, and the 'Fiery Cross' crusade of *Larkin . Instead of fighting one another over Home Rule, the workers of Ireland ought to unite beneath one flag against the common enemy, the plunderers and desecrators of their homes.

*‘Big Jim’ Larkin and James Connolly were the leaders of the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union. In 1913 the Dublin Lockout would erupt into the bitterest struggle between the classes in the whole of Irish trade union history.

(To the General Federation of Trade Unions from the Ulster Weavers and Winders. Our thanks to the Federation for the services rendered during our recent strike, we declare that but for the Federation the Ulster Weavers must have failed in their efforts to improve their conditions. It was decided that the letter be placed on the minutes. 123, Victoria Street, Lurgan, February 27th, 1913.)


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