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US dockers strike against war

Issue No. 2100

Tens of thousands of dock workers across the west coast of the US struck on 1 May in protest at the wars and occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The workers, members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), organised action in almost 30 ports across the coast from Washington to San Diego and paralysed billions of dollars worth of cargo.

ILWU members have joined anti-war protests before but this was the first large-scale work stoppage in opposition to the war.

It coincided with demonstrations of tens of thousands of people in cities across the US to mark May Day.

The action also had solidarity from across the world – including from Iraq where dock workers closed down the port of Basra for several hours in support of the US strike.

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Tue 6 May 2008, 18:23 BST
Issue No. 2100
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