Dock, Wharf, Riverside and General Labourers' Union

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Full name Dock, Wharf, Riverside and General Labourers' Union
Founded 1889
Date dissolved 1922
Merged into Transport and General Workers' Union
Affiliation National Transport Workers Federation
Country United Kingdom

The Dock, Wharf, Riverside and General Labourers Union (1889–1922) was a British trade union. It emerged in response to the outbreak of the London Dock Strike in 1889 and rapidly became the principal union for dockworkers in London, Bristol, Cardiff, and other ports in the south and south-west. In South Wales it attracted a large following amongst metal-workers. It was one of the prominent New Unions of unskilled workers that emerged in the late 1880s.[1]

The union was renamed the Dock, Wharf, Riverside and General Workers' Union of Great Britain and Ireland in 1899 and was often called the Dockers' Union. It was a constituent of the National Transport Workers' Federation and a founder member of the Transport and General Workers Union in 1922. Its General Secretary was Ben Tillett. Ernest Bevin was a prominent official from 1910 onwards.[2]

Dockers' Record[edit]

The union published the Dockers' Record as a monthly report of their activities.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Keith Laybourn, A History of British Trade Unionism (1992) pp 72-76
  2. ^ Jonathan Schneer, Ben Tillett: portrait of a labour leader (1982).