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Dockers Union Banner

Photo credit: People's History Museum

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Dock, Wharf, Riverside and General Workers Union of Great Britain and Ireland, Dockers Union Export Branch banner, 1890s. This union was formed in 1889 after the Great Dock Strike. This banner design and the mottos it uses reflect the militancy of new unions that arose in the 1880s. The other side of the banner depicts Hercules wrestling a serpent, which can be seen as him waging 'holy war' against 'Destitution, Prostitution and Exploitation'.

People's History Museum


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  • Medium

    oil on silk

  • Measurements

    200 x 190 cm (E)

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  • Acquisition method

    gift, c.1980


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Left Bank Spinningfields, Manchester, Greater Manchester M3 3ER England

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