At the rowdiest meeting of the dock strikers, held today at London Dockland's Tooley Street, the man voted against a return to work.
At the rowdiest meeting of the dock strikers, held today at London Dockland's Tooley Street, the man voted against a return to work. None of the officials was able to get a satisfactory hearing, and it was apparent all the time that the mood of the men was against a resumption of work. The vote of two to one against a return had to be taken twice due to a breakdown in the amplification system. Mr. D Murphy a local Union official gave a warning that by staying out the men might again bring the whole port to a standstill. "If you don't go back" he warned, amid scenes of strongly voiced disapproval, "the employers are sure to bring back the 'black' labour". The Tooley Street strike committee sent a telegram to Union Officials and employers calling for negotiations about alternative work for cold storage men so they could return to work without handling black meat. It was the refusal of cold storage man to handle meat for Smithfield Markes. London's premier meat market, which began the strike at Tooley Street which later spread to other docks.
Last night there were 7,540 man on strike with 67 ships idle.
On Saturday the number on strike was 19,649.
A.J.M. Crichton, the Chairman of the Port Employers at London docks has said in an official statement that an unregistered labour is being employed at the docks.