Years Active:19691978
Other Names:League for a Workers' Vanguard  (19691972)
Groups & Sections: InfoIrish Young Socialists  (1970) … Youth Organisation
  Documents in Archive:1
  International Affiliation:International Committee of the Fourth International (19691978)
  Emerged/Split from:League for a Workers Republic
  Article:League for a Workers’ Vanguard / Workers’ League – 1969 to c.1978
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The Workers’ League was established as the League for a Workers Vanguard following a split in the League for a Workers Republic (LWR) (affiliated to the International committee of the Fourth International (ICFI)) which saw members support either the Socialist Labour League (SLI) in Britain or the International Communist Organisation (OCI) in France.

The majority of the LWR supported the OCI but those in the minority founded the League for a Workers Vanguard. In 1972 following a further split in the ICFI the LWV became the Workers league. Jack O’Connor, later of SIPTU and President of the ICTU, was a leading member. The organisation went into decline and was inactive by the late 1970s. Periodicials produced by it included Marxist Journal, The Workers’ Press and News Line (the latter two printed in Britain).

Other names, groups or sections

  • Irish Young Socialists

    The Irish Young Socialists was the youth section of the League for a Workers’ Vanguard. It published Youth Bulletin from 1970 to 1972.


WikipediaWorkers League (Ireland) 


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A list of known publications from Workers' League, including those not represented in the Irish Left Archive collection.

Marxist Journal19741977 c.Workers' League
Vanguard19691970League for a Workers' Vanguard
Workers League1978 c.Workers' League
Workers Struggle19721974Workers' League
Workers' News1977Workers' League
Youth Bulletin19701972Irish Young Socialists



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