The Hook (Manchester Docks Rank and File Bulletin)

This post contains copies of The Shipcanal and The Hook a left-wing rank and file workers’ bulletin of the Salford Docks.

They have given to me by my grandfather and as they are not available online anywhere else, here they are! Now they’ve been uploaded I intend to give them to the Working Class Movement Library in Salford.

Issue One of The Ship Canal – shipcanal1

Issue Two of The Ship Canal – shipcanal2

Issue Four of The Ship Canal – shipcanal4

Issue Five of The Ship Canal – shipcanal5

Issue One  (1971)


  1. May 14th Strike Action
  2. Job losses on the docks
  3. Wage reductions on the docks
  4. Container Boats
  5. More Jobs losses
  6. Strike at Klein Bros in Salford

Issue Six (1974?)


  1. Nationalisation of the ports
  2. Christian Barnard
  3. Bristol Committee and Containerisation
  4. Industrial Relations Bill – TUC Retreat
  5. Frinkville Massacre and Vietnam War
  6. Containerisation
  7. Dock Labour Scheme under attack

Issue Ten


  1. Fight for a £37.50 wage
  2. Liverpool Dockers Union gets 100% control of hiring
  3. Defend The Ship Canal newspaper
  4. Modernisation and deconstruction of the Manchester dock
  5. History of the Dockers’ Union and why there are two trade unions representing dockers
  6. Joe Hill
  7. National Conference of Dock Shop Stewards
  8. Liverpool lead the way!


The Hook Issue 13 thehook13

The Hook Issue 14 thehook14

The Hook Issue 15 thehook15

The Hook Issue 16 thehook16

The Hook Issue 17 thehook17


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