18/06/2008

Plaque Unveiled To Honour Anti-Apartheid Strikers

A plaque commemorating a group of supermarket workers who staged a two-and-a-half year anti-apartheid strike in the 1980s will be unveiled in central Dublin today.

In 1984, staff at Dunnes Stores on Henry Street picketed and refused to work in support of trade union Mandate's policy of boycotting South African products.

Their strike ended when the Government agreed to ban the import of South African fruit and vegetables until the apartheid regime was over.

The plaque was presented to Mary Manning, one of the lead protesters, by the South African President Thabo Mbeki.

It was unveiled by Foreign Affairs Minister Michael Martin at a ceremony this morning attended by Deputy Lord Mayor Anne Carter.

Ms Carter said: "It is astonishing that there is a street named after Mary in Johannesburg and that she and her colleagues have received so little recognition for their brave stance in their own home city where the strike took place.

"I hope in one small way this plaque helps to address that."

(CD)

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