The Liverpool dock strike of 1995–98
The end of the line?
in We shall not be moved
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The culmination of a Liverpool working-class culture of resistance was manifested in the long drawn-out Liverpool Dockers’ Strike of 1995-1998. The strike was in many ways centred exclusively on worker solidarity, and this chapter engages with that concept. This conflict reflected the wider changes in the balance of power between labour and capital that had occurred in Britain over the previous two decades. Yet the Liverpool dockers’ ability to sustain such a lengthy dispute, despite many adversities, is indicative that a strong local labour culture still existed on Merseyside, and that these dock workers were able to draw sustenance and inspiration from that long history. Perhaps this last act of solidarity and defiance by an iconic section of Liverpool’s working-class was a testament to a passing way of life and the decline of tightly knit dockland communities.

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