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The Great Dock Strike of 1889

The spark

The 'Lady Armstrong'

The Lady Armstong
View full size imageThe Lady Armstrong. © NMM
The dock strike began over a dispute about 'plus' money during the unloading of the Lady Armstrong in the West India Docks. 'Plus' money was a bonus paid for completing work quickly. The East and West India Dock Company had cut their 'plus' rates to attract ships into their own docks rather than others.

Unloading a sugar cargo at the West India Docks.
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