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James Connolly on Direct Action
ireland / britain | history | news report Tuesday July 04, 2006 18:42 by Joe King - WSM - Workers Solidarity
At the Dublin May Day rally, the guest speaker from the Belfast & District Council of Trade Unions quoted from an article, Direct Action in Belfast, written by Connolly.
James Connolly and direct action
If we always obey the rules of our rulers, always con ourselves into believing that justice can be obtained by going through the ‘proper channels’, we will usually lose.
At the Dublin May Day rally, the guest speaker from the Belfast & District Council of Trade Unions quoted from an article, Direct Action in Belfast, written by Connolly and published in the Irish Worker, September 16th, 1911.
Direct Action is not a new idea. It is not about stunts or being ‘hard’. It simply means taking action directly rather than trusting in someone else (politicians, Labour Court, mediators, etc.) to sort things out for us.
It gave our unions many victories in the past but that is almost forgotten today. It is time to go back to basics: decide what we want to achieve and then organise together to win it. It’s both a radical idea and a practical one.