1911 Liverpool general transport strike


1911 Liverpool general transport strike

The 1911 Liverpool General Transport Strike involved dockers, railway workers and sailors, as well people from other trades. It paralysed Liverpool commerce for most of the summer of 1911. It also transformed trade unionism on Merseyside. For the first time, general trade unions were able to establish themselves on a permanent footing and become genuine mass organisations of the working class.

Strike action began on 14 June when the National Sailors' and Firemen's Union announced a nation-wide merchant seamen's strike. Solidarity action in support of the seamen led to other sections of workers coming out on strike. A strike committee - chaired by syndicalist Tom Mann - was formed to represent all the workers in dispute.

Many meetings were held at St. George’s Hall on Lime Street, including the rally which sparked the 'Bloody Sunday' attacks, when police baton charged thousands of people who had gathered to hear syndicalist Tom Mann speak. [ [http://www.lmu.livjm.ac.uk/lhol/content.aspx?itemid=369 Braddock, (Bessie) Elisabeth ] ]

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