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Dock workers prosecuted under Order 1305 - Port Workers Committee leaflet, 1951

Between 1948-1951 Port Workers' Committees were established in London, Manchester and Liverpool in support of a "Dockers Charter", which focused on a daily guaranteed wage of 25 shillings, pensions and decasualisation.

In early 1951, when the Transport and General Workers Union accepted a wage offer less than the Dockers Charter demand, Unofficial strikes broke out in several ports. In London, seven dockers' leaders were charged under Order 1305, a wartime emergency power still in force, with conspiracy to incite dockers to strike.

This leaflet was issued by the Port Workers Committee in April 1951, when the men's trial moved to the Old Bailey. They were eventually acquitted, carried shoulder high from the court by a crowd of dockers led by Jack Dash, and the order was replaced by a less severe Industrial Disputes Order.

Title Dock workers prosecuted under Order 1305 - Port Workers Committee leaflet, 1951
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Production Date 1951
Format Leaflet
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Holding Institution TUC Library Collections, London Metropolitan University
Related Objects Port Workers News, 1951
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