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Jack Dunne a great job with his television publicity stunt

ColumnistsBy Caoimhe Young
O’Connor stormed off the Vincent Browne show during a discussion about the Dunnes Stores strike
O’Connor stormed off the Vincent Browne show during a discussion about the Dunnes Stores strike

TRADEs union bosses are not exactly known for their shrewd publicity stunts – forgive me if you disagree, but I’m struggling to remember one?

So I enjoyed SIPTU’s Jack O’Connor storming off the Vincent Browne show during a discussion about the Dunnes Stores strike. The union leader took advantage of the wave of support the Dunnes workers are enjoying. 
 
He said he should not be taking part in a programme for a company like TV3 that does not recognise employees’ rights to collective bargaining.
 
“You knew full well and you now see an opportunity for a stroke,” Browne retorted.
 
“I am making a statement here, which I am entitled to make,” said O’Connor, before asking him why he provides services to TV3.
 
O’Connor eventually managed to get out of the chair – and the studio.
 
“Okay, good luck Jack,” Browne managed to say through laughter. 
 
“Quite a stunt isn’t it? Well done Jack. It’s impressive isn’t it?”
 
Browne seemed stunned but delighted. The end of the show featured a rendition of Hit the Road Jack.
 
He’d made his point in style. It could be the start of something new for our trades unions, who need new strategies to attract younger members – a good way to remember the spirit of the 1916 proclamation of equality and workers rights. 
 
Good telly is a good start Jack.