Event from: Miscellaneous 2021

Class war in 1892: Bristol dockers and Black Friday

M Shed 10th anniversary series

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Date: , 2021
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Price: Free
With: Roger Ball
Series: Miscellaneous 2021
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Section: Events
Subjects: Workers Organisations & Strikes
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The success of strikes in 1889 by Bristol dock workers over pay and conditions led to a massive rise in membership of the newly formed dockers unions. In the autumn of 1892 timber merchants based on the Floating Harbour, along with their ‘bosses union’ the strike-breaking Shipping Federation, launched a counter-offensive. Its aim was to smash the dockers unions and re-introduce the hated ‘piecework’. The outcome would be a dramatic confrontation between strikers and the military on the streets of Bristol, commonly known as ‘Black Friday’.

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Black Friday Front Cover

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