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11 October 2017

Poverty, repression and fightback on the docks

Biography: Harry Constable in his own words: This book is about Harry Constable, a leading activist in the struggle of the dock workers from before the war until the end of the 1950s

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18 January 2017

Liverpool dockers and drivers protest "appalling lack of facilities"

About 75 dockers and drivers protested on 13 January at the port of Liverpool about the facilities available to them, or the evident lack of

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12 October 2016

Cable Street 80th anniversary demo

The Socialist Party joined thousands of others at the Battle of Cable Street 80th anniversary commemorative march and rally on 9 October in east London, selling over 50 copies of the Socialist paper.

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22 June 2016

CWI news in brief

Short stories on workers' struggles around the world including women health workers protesting in Pakistan, solidarity between Portuguese dockers and Welsh museum strikers and a tuition fees victory in Taiwan.

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2 June 2016

Portugal: Lisbon dockers' victory

The Lisbon dockers strike, which started on 20 April, has in a significant victory to the dockers!, writes Militant strike action blocks bosses attempts to undermine collective bargaining.

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24 May 2016

Brutal bosses' attack on striking Lisbon dockers

The Lisbon Port Operators Association, which represents the interests of the companies operating in the Lisbon port, has decided, in a completely horrendous and desperate attack, to start a collective lay-off of the Lisbon dockworkers, who are currently on strike

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11 November 2015

Step up the fight for trade union rights

The Tories' anti-trade union bill could be law as early as January or even December.

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24 June 2015

Laying the foundation stones of the workers' movement

Rolling Stonemason: An Autobiography by Fred Bower - worker, socialist and artist - is a little pearl of a book.

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15 April 2015

France: One-day strike against austerity

Workers in both public and private sectors of the economy walked out in France on 9 April against austerity measures of the 'left' Hollande government

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Women workers have been at the forefront of the fight against austerity, photo Paul Mattsson

Women workers have been at the forefront of the fight against austerity, photo Paul Mattsson

4 March 2015

Women and new unionism: lessons for today

As women and men around the world celebrate International Women's Day on 8 March, women workers are bearing the brunt of austerity

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Trawlermen's memorial, St Andrews Dock, Hull, photo G Robinson

Trawlermen's memorial, St Andrews Dock, Hull, photo G Robinson

25 February 2015

When women's solidarity won battle for trawlermen

Review: Turning the Tide: Turning the Tide by local historian Rupert Creed is a true story, detailing the 1968 tragedy that saw the loss of 58 Hull trawlermen's lives

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5 June 2014

11-day strike at Tilbury docks

Moves by the hardline management of SCA Logistics, based at Tilbury docks, to drive down wages by introducing zero hours contracts has sparked an 11-day strike which started this morning, Thursday 5 June

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28 May 2014

48-hour stoppage at Tilbury docks

A move by the hardline management of SCA Logistics, based at Tilbury docks, to drive down wages by introducing zero hours contracts, has provoked a two-day strike

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25 July 2012

1972: dockers face down the Tory government

"Britain came within inches of a general strike": "Arise Ye Workers" read the banner as five London dockers were carried shoulder high from Pentonville Prison in London, writes Roger Thomas.

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23 May 2012

Workplace news in brief

Dockers strike: Dock workers at Tilbury went on a 48-hour strike on 21 May. This is after a 24-hour strike on 7 May, the first at Tilbury since 1989...

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18 May 2012

Second strike by Tilbury dockers over attack on contracts

Dockers at Tilbury will strike again on Monday in their dispute with Enterprise Distribution Centre (EDC) over the arbitrary introduction of new contracts which will mean losing 2,500 on average a year...

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Women workers striking against povety wages at Pink's in Bermondsey in 1911, photo by TUC library collections

Women workers striking against povety wages at Pink's in Bermondsey in 1911, photo by TUC library collections

28 September 2011

1911 - Bermondsey women's uprising

A century ago, women in the trade unions numbered only a few thousand. Many working class women worked in the most appalling conditions in sweatshops and were outside the trade unions' ranks...

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6 October 2005

Ten years ago - Liverpool dockers' strike

THE ALMOST three-year long struggle by Liverpool dockers began at the end of September ten years ago...

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2 October 2004

Open Letter To Sacked Liverpool Dockers

REPRESENTATIVES OF two groups of Merseyside workers - the 47 surcharged Liverpool councillors of 1983-1987 and the sacked Liverpool dockers - initiated a local campaign last February as a step towards building a new mass party of the working class...

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26 July 2002

1972 - The Summer Of Discontent

AFTER THE successes of the council workers' and London tubeworkers' strikes, the media compared them to movements in the 1970s particularly the 'winter of discontent', the dirty jobs strike of 1979 against the Labour government, writes Roger Thomas.

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