Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Liverpool Transport Strike 1911

TO commemorate the two workers killed by British troops during the Liverpool transport strike on 15th, August 1911, a plaque will be unveiled by the Unite union boss, Len McCluskey, on Vauxhall Road on Saturday the 18th, August 2012.  A meeting will also be held at 10am on the Saturday in the Eldonian Village Hall on Vauxhall Road.

Following Liverpool's Bloody Sunday of 13th, August 1911, with a national rail strike spreading and dockers, seamen  and other workers locked-out, Liverpool and Britain seemed to be on the edge of chaos.  The Government mobilised 58,000 troops across the country.  In Liverpool, two workers, John Sutcliffe and Michael Prendercast, were shot dead by the army when troops opened fire in a disturbance on Vauxhall Road.

As a memorial to these two victims of the Liverpool labour movement, the North West TUC and the Casa Club have sponsored a plaque commemorating their sacrifice at the site of the shootings.

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