It’s nigh on 20 years this week since the Liverpool Dockers dispute kicked off. It centred around a group of workers who refused to cross a picket in support of other dockers.
Their sacking on September 29th led to a two year high profile struggle for reinstatement that propelled them forward as a symbol of resistance to globalisation’s casualistaion agenda.
Along the way they made some interesting allies, most notably there was the Robbie Fowler incident where he pulled up his t-shirt to unveil the brilliant subversion of Calvin Klein that decked out campaign materials. This remarkably astute use of pop culture saw them hooking up with the KLF for a riotous live performance called Fuck The Millenium at Barbican Hall some years later.
Some great TV exists around the dispute. The most notable watch is Dockers, a hard hitting Jimmy McGovern TV drama penned with the help of some of those that worked on the docks and a certain Scot called Irvine Welsh. For those looking for a factual background on the dispute, then the Ken Loach doc above is your only man.
Read more about the whole dispute over at Urban75.com . While you can watch Jimmy McGovern’s Dockers on 4OD.