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Labour unrest in the port after 1889

The employers strike back

Shipowners demand action

South West India Dock.
View full size imageShipping in the South West India Dock. © NMM
Despite the dockers’ victory in 1889, small strikes still took place. The unions kept up the pressure for further concessions. The continuing disputes angered the shipping companies, which demanded that they be allowed to load and unload their own ships.

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