docks

Menzies and Pig Iron for Japan

An account of the refusal of Australian dockworkers to load ships with war materials for Japan, after news of the atrocities in China and fears that Japanese militarism would engulf Australia sooner or later. The strike was the inspiration for the Australian Labour song Pig Iron Bob.

IWW and radical influences on the San Francisco waterfront

Strike Don't Scab San Francisco Waterfront

For May Day 2017 Local 10 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union invoked a contractual "stop-work" privilege and refused to work any Bay Area docks in celebration of International Workers Day for the third consecutive year. This speech, originally delivered at the 75th Anniversary of the 1934 San Francisco General Strike at the Marine Firemen’s Hall in San Francisco, was adapted for the rally preceding the May Day march on May 1, 2017.

Spanish dockworkers, Brexit, and the European Union

Spanish dockworkers have sucessfully fought back against the EU's inherent neoliberalism. Lessons abound.

Spanish government loses vote on dockworkers' employment reform

Spanish dockworkers' unions have called off a series of one day strikes after a government decree transforming the system of port employment was voted down in Congress today.

Spanish dockworkers prepare for strikes against job losses and casualisation

Dock workers vote to strike

Dockworkers' unions in Spain have suspended a series of one day strikes until March 17, the day after a planned parliamentary vote on opening up port employment to competition, with the threat of an end to job security and reasonable pay.

1949: Hawaii Longshoreman Strike

Longshoremen in Hawaii were paid less than other longshoreman in the United States. They struck to get an equal pay rate, and were out for 177 days.

1947: Mombasa General Strike

In 1947 the city of Mombasa was paralysed by a general strike by its black African workforce in an attempt to end pay disparities, especially along colour lines.

Senegal General Strike: 1945-46

Rising prices and stagnant wages led to a strike wave in the French colony of Senegal. In addition to wage increases the strike forced the governor to recognise workers organisations and influences over struggles in the region.

The Leith dockers strike 1913

The Leith dockers strike of 1913 was a strike of the dockers of Leith, Scotland from 26 June to 14 August 1913. The dockers were part of the National Union of Dock Labourers (NUDL) union. The strike is said by newspaper of the time to have brought Leith to a standstill.

The Dublin lockout, 1913 - John Dorney

Police attack strikers on bloody Sunday

A short history of Ireland’s most significant industrial dispute: the mass lockout of 20,000 workers by 400 employers in Dublin from August 1913 to January 1914.