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The Great Dock Strike of 1889

The Mansion House Committee

Pressure on the employers

Landing tapioca at Butler's Wharf.
View full size imageButler's Wharf was soon receiving ships after Henry Lafone negotiated a settlement. © NMM

At the beginning of September pressure was mounting on the employers to resolve the strike. They still seemed unwilling to make concessions even though ship-owners and wharfingers were increasingly critical of the dock companies' stubbornness.

Henry Lafone, manager of