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London Dock Strike


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(1889)

A successful strike, one of the major episodes in the history of British trade unionism. The London dockers, objecting to low pay and casual employment, went on strike to secure pay of sixpence an hour instead of fivepence, and a minimum working engagement of four hours. The episode signalled the beginning of “New Unionism”, characterized by the increasingly effective use of strikes.

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