Irish labour recruitment schemes, 1937-48

Lunn, Kenneth
December 1992
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Winter92, Vol. 57 Issue 3, p20
Academic Journal
This article presents the summary of the paper, Irish Labour Recruitment Schemes, 1937-1948, presented at the Irish in British Labour History conference, held on March 21, 1992 in Liverpool, England. The war-time period was notable for the challenge to individual enterprise and the implementation of a significant number of controls on Irish labour recruitment. However, the state was not always so supportive of Irish workers. During the war, no doubt for reasons more to do with the need to maintain good labour relations than with humanitarian concern, the welfare of Irish workers was given a high priority. In conclusion, what can be seen from the recruitment schemes of these few years is the continuation of the long-term movement of population between Ireland and Britain, but in very specific and structured ways.


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