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The Great Dock Strike of 1889

The strike spreads

A general strike?

Workers at the Thames Ironworks.
View full size imageMen at the Thames Ironworks joined the great strike of 1889. © NMM

Other workers followed the lead of the stevedores, including the seamen, firemen, lightermen, watermen, ropemakers, fish porters and carmen. Strikes broke out daily in factories and workshops throughout the East End.

The port was paralyzed by what was in effect a general strike. It was estimated that by 27 Augus