The Trade Union Pint
The Trade Union Pint
'a fine read and of great interest for anyone willing to know more about [trade] unionism in Ireland or the history of one of Dublin’s largest employers, Guinness’
– Hereditas Nexus
Considered the best employers in Ireland, if not the world, Guinness cared for their workers with good wages, health care, culturally and practical. This is the story of two families and their allies. They were the most unlikely of partners: model employers renowned for their standard of care for their staff, and the sons and leaders of a trade union established by a man whose vision for Irish workers had brought the first open conflict between employer and employee in Ireland: a man who once declared he was on a 'divine mission of discontent'. On one side was 'Big Jim' Larkin and his sons; on the other side, the Guinness generations. Both families were visionary – one brought trade unionism to Ireland, the other led the way in care for Irish workers. Their story is not without heartache: commitment to the trade union caused marital problems and family issues and these are recounted, adding humanity to this trade union revolution.
Martin Duffy is a Dublin-born filmmaker and writer living in Berlin. He has extensive experience as a film editor, writer, script analyst, and director. Martin's feature films include the award-winning The Boy from Mercury (Ireland), The Bumblebee Flies Anyway (USA) and The Testimony of Taliesin Jones (UK). Awards include the Celtic Film Festival Jury Prize and a Special Commendation at the Berlinale. His latest film project, supported by Northern Irish Screen, is the true story of the Czech-born dancer Helen Lewis based on her best-selling autobiography A Time to Speak. Martin has worked in RTÉ editing and freelancing for over 15 years, and in 2010 he completed a radio documentary on Tony Sheridan, a key man in the forming of The Beatles. Books from Martin include Justice for My Son, which Martin co-wrote with his sister-in-law Vera Duffy; his history of the Duffy family, Barney and Molly: A True Dublin Love Story, and several novels for young people.