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A meeting outside the West India Dock gates.

A meeting outside the West India Dock gates.
A meeting outside the West India Dock gates.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H4464
Description: This was a monster gathering of striking dock workers in the last few days of the 1889 strike. Just over a week later, they returned to work having gained a substantial pay rise - the 'Dockers' Tanner' - recognition of their union, and several other concessions. The 1889 strike was a milestone in British labour history. With the success of the strike, workers throughout the country, particularly the unskilled, gained a new confidence to organise themselves and carry out collective action.
Creator: 'Illustrated London News'
Date: 7 September 1889
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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