The Great Dock Strike 1889 The Story of the Labour Movement"s First Great Victory

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ContributionsRon Todd (Foreword), Terry McCarthy (Editor)
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Number of Pages254
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Open LibraryOL10315662M
ISBN 100297791990
ISBN 109780297791997

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1 The Great Dock Strike of CONTENTS Foreword 2 Introduction 3 Chapter one: London’s East End slums 5 Chapter two: Dock work 11 Chapter three: Unions for the unskilled 19 Chapter four: Socialism in the s 23 Chapter five: Matchwomen and gas workers show the way 25 Chapter six: The strike leaders 33 Chapter seven: The dockers’ tanner 39 Chapter eight: Magnificent international.

The dock strike provides a classic case of mass unionism springing directly from mass strike action, and possessing as a consequence an inherent instability. The fact that the direct impact of the great strike was largely confined to the waterfront meant that its contribution to the expansion of unionism was of a rather impermanent : John Lovell.

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BRO Library Books; The Great Dock Strike ; Reference number: Bk/ Abstract: Labour Movement in London Access status. THE GREAT DOCK STRIKE THE STORY OF THE LABOUR MOVEMENT'S FIRST GREAT VICTORY by Terry McCarthy and a great selection of related books, art.

In the summer ofthe Great Dock Strike brought London's East End to a standstill. The East London News complained that "coal men; match. Unite Education: THE GREAT DOCK STRIKE OF Above: Dock Strike in Leith “As a former docker brought up on stories of great struggles it thus gives me extra special pleasure to write the foreword on the Great London Dock Strike of that was the foundation stone on which the modern trade union movement is based.

The Great Dock Strike is widely acknowledged as a key event in the development of the modern trade union and labour movement in this country. Following on from earlier strikes by match girls and gasworkers, the dock strike signalled a remarkable new era of leadership and organisation in the working classes, contributing to, among other things.

The almost-entirely Irish-American scoopers went on strike early in May, The striking scoopers had two factors on their side: time and Bishop Quigley, head of the Catholic church in Buffalo.

By 43 ships carrying million bushels of grain were waiting to be unloaded in the Buffalo harbor. The work is a major contribution to Labour and Social history.

Incredibly well researched and written an absolute must for serious Historians. (Terry McCarthy, former director of the National Museum of Labour History and author The Great Dock Strike 1889 book 'The Great Dock Strike ' Morning Star) 'Don't miss this now it is out in paperback.' (Labour Research)Reviews: The great dock strike, (Then and there series) [Wasp, David] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

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The Great Dock Strike of was over. Legacy. The Great Dock Strike of was The Great Dock Strike 1889 book significant milestone in the history of trade unionism. Unskilled workers throughout the country began to feel more confident in their ability to act collectively and trade union membership grew fromin to over 2 million by   In Julyfourteen hundred women and girls employed by the matchmakers Bryant and May walked out of their East End factory and into the history books.

Louise Raw gives us a challenging new interpretation of events proving that the women themselves, not celebrity socialists like Annie Besant, began it. She provides unequivocal evidence to show that the matchwomen greatly influenced the Dock 4/5(1).

The London Dock strike was an industrial dispute involving dock workers in the Port of broke out on 14 Augustand resulted in a victory for thestrikers and established strong trade unions amongst London dockers, one of which became the nationally important Dock, Wharf, Riverside and General Labourers' strike is widely considered a milestone in the development.

The book provides a history of the London dock strike of which closely followed the successful `Matchgirls' strike at Bryant and May, and the equally successful strike, led by Will Thorne, for an eight-hour day at the Beckton Gas Works. The London dock strike was not only important in that the impoverished workers gained a substantial Reviews: 2.

The first major eruption of unrest came with the Great Dock Strike of It took place against the background of growing trade unionism among unskilled workers and discontent at the wretched living conditions of dockers and their families. At the root of this was the casual nature of dock labour, organised via the 'call-on' and the contract.

The great dock strike that year attracted so much attention nationally that it became one of the most celebrated events in the annals of the British labour movement, and it was this strike which directly stimulated a revival of organisation throughout the port.

Public interest in the strike stemmed from its somewhat sensational and. The Great Dock Strike Weinfeld and Nicolson, ( MCC). Parliamentary Papaers. Command Paper C Report of the Strikes and Lock-outs of to the Board of Trade; Schneer, Jonathan.

Ben Tillett. Croom Helm, ( TIL) Wasp, D and Davis, A. The Great Dock Strike Longman, ( WAS). Buy THE GREAT DOCK STRIKE by Terry. McCarthy (ISBN:) from Amazon's Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders.

Try the new Google Books. Check out the new look and enjoy easier access to your favorite features. Try it now. No thanks. Try the new Google Books 5 The Significance of the Great Dock Strike of in British Labour History by John Lovell -- 6 The Rank-and-File Movements and the Trade Unions in the Hamburg Docks from by Michael.

Ben Tillett in National Docks strike. This is the story of the Great London dock strike of and the successful fight for the “docker’s tanner”. By the late s, the trade union movement had become, if not quite a part of the Liberal establishment, then at least a respectable body whose existence would do little to put the fear of insurrection into the authorities.

THE GREAT DOCK STRIKE, BBC Home Service Basic, 8 May Synopsis. Edit Submit Cancel We have produced a Style Guide to help editors follow a standard format when editing a listing. If you are unsure how best to edit this programme please take a moment to read it. Eye-witness accounts of how in one month unskilled non-union dock.

A Mass to commemorate the th anniversary of the Great Dock Strike and to give thanks for the work of Cardinal Manning in helping to bring the strike to an end was celebrated on 14 September at St Mary and St Michael Catholic Church, Commercial Road in East sed by.

The Great Dock Strike of Introduction: The situation on the eve of the strike: The spark: The strike spreads: Mobilizing support: Hardship: Australia to the rescue: The Mansion House Committee: Effects of the strike: Send this story to a friend: Printer-friendly version: View this story in pictures.

London Dock Strike, (), influential strike by workers in the Port of London that won them the famous “dockers’ tanner” (a pay rate of sixpence per hour) and revitalized the British Trades Union movement. Following a minor dispute at the South-West India Dock (Aug.

13, ), labour activists Ben Tillett, Tom Mann, and John Burns announced (August 19) the formation of a dockers’ union.

The London Dock strike was an industrial dispute involving dock workers in the Port of broke out on 14 Augustand resulted in a victory for thestrikers and established strong trade unions amongst London dockers, one of which became the nationally important Dock, Wharf, Riverside and General Labourers' strike is widely considered a milestone in the.

The Great Dock Strike of is one of the labour movement’s most famous victories. Inspired by the success of the match-girls’ strike, the dockers of London’s East End, in an unprecedented display of solidarity for a group of workers thought to be unorganisable, walked out. The Great Strike of During an industrial conflict that lasted five weeks and brought the Port of London to a standstill, writes R.B.

Oram, the “close fraternity of the docks” struck for better working conditions and more generous rates of pay. The great support of the public and their charitable donations flooded Mr.

Thomas Munn, the treasurer of the strike, coffers and enabled Mr. John Burns their secretary, to repeatedly refuse the Dock Company’s offers, claims that the dock workers are asking for the bare minimum and would never settle for less (Reynolds’s, Aug ).

The great London dock strike, A huge and powerful strike of British dockers against low pay, unsafe conditions and casual, precarious employment contracts which, with international solidarity, won nearly all its demands and marked a turning point in UK working class history.

Section - the great dockers' strike Issue date. 12 Mar IT ALL BEGAN with a strike of a few labourers at the West India Dock, on August 13th,only a few days after the London gas-workers, led by Will Thorne, had confronted the gas companies with the demand for an eight-hour day -and got it.

Ben Tillett, secretary of the "Tea. The Great Dock Strike of in London is remembered as the foundation of the modern trade union movement. It was led by social democrats like Ben Tillett and future member of the Liberal cabinet John Burns, and by the future syndicalist and Communist Tom Mann.

In his introduction to Terry McCarthy’s work The Great Dock Strike ofRon Todd, then-General Secretary of the British Transport and General Workers’ Union, trumpeted a traditional socialist view of the industrial action that had occurred years beforehand.

The Strike Committee organised mass meetings and established pickets outside the dock gates. They persuaded men still at work and 'blacklegs' to come out on strike. As Tillett recalled, 'We pickets on at one time under their Captains, Lieutenants, and Sergeants, divided and sub-divided with military precision'.

(The Great Dock Strike) At first food was distributed to dockers and their families before shilling food tickets were issued and accepted by local tradesmen. However, despite successful appeals for help, not enough money was being raised to meet the needs of the increasing numbers on strike.

The earliest instance of a British rent strike known as of the writing of this handbook dates back to the 19th century when workers involved in the Great Dock Strike of withheld their rent in the ongoing battle against dangerous working conditions, precarious employment and low pay.

; Lovell attempts to fit the dockers' union into the Hobsbawm model while admitting that the London dockers were attempting to practice exclusive membership in the autumn ofLovell, J., “The Significance of the Great Dock Strike of in British Labour History” in Mommsen and Husung, The Development of Trade Unionism, pp.

(7) In her diary Beatrice Potter welcomed the London Dock Strike (29th August, ) The dock strike becoming more and more exciting - even watched at a distance. Originally casuals marched out of the West and East India Docks - in another day the strike spread to the neighbouring docks - in a week half East London was out.

by the NDLB to dock workers in Julyand government reviews of the dock strike and the work of the Board during that period. Robin Page Arnot () [DAR] Founder member of the Communist Party of Great Britain, writer and historian of the miners’ trade unions and secretary of the Labour Research Department.

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The London Dock Strike Finance Committee, including Ben Tillett, John Burns and Tom Mann. On August 14th the London Dock Strike began, precipitated by the Tea Operatives’ and General Labourers’ Association led by Ben Tillett, and quickly supported by larger and stronger unions representing many different trades on the docks.It is August and the Great London Dock Strike is in progress.

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