The “hidden irony in the dockers’ fate” in 1889

David Rosenberg - 15 August 2019

Industrial struggle has been back in the news this week with the strikes and protests by ASDA workers, whose punitive new contracts require them to work on bank holidays and take unpaid breaks. 130 years ago, this week, all eyes were on East London where the Great Dock Strike was just beginning. Its leading personality was an extraordinary but flawed character called Ben Tillett, who grew up in the most difficult circumstances. This extract from the new edition of my book, Rebel Footprints, tells the story of that strike and gives an insight into his character... See more