One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person employed in a port to load and unload ships.
- ‘At one point 16,000 dockers organised mobile pickets and closed the docks along the Thames.’
- ‘They were mistrustful of the old labor hierarchy that had lost the power and will to improve the lives of rank-and-file dockers and sailors.’
- ‘He said that he was still concerned over the future of the jobs of dockers and others relying on ships coming into the harbour.’
- ‘Many of them were dockers who carried heavy loads of cargo while rushing in a great hurry.’
- ‘In 1995 some 500 dockers were sacked for taking solidarity action with workers employed by a minor dockyard contractor.’
- ‘The day before the threatened jailing unofficial strikes hit most ports, pulling out some 35,000 dockers.’
- ‘His pictures split and shimmy from one group of people to another, whether it's miners, dockers or shipbuilders.’
- ‘The dockers known as longshoremen are part of this powerful and progressive union on the West Coast of the US.’
- ‘A powerful half-page photo showed gaunt, desperate-looking London dockers queuing at the dock gate in a dim half-light.’
- ‘The dockers refused to load the ship and prevented it from sailing.’
- ‘In South Wales dockers refused to unload coal, and train drivers refused to move it.’
- ‘Business became so bad that many dockers lost their jobs and the number of ships sailing to and from British ports dwindled to almost nothing.’
- ‘That, he said, would involve dockers and all other unionised workers in Belview Port.’
- ‘In the old basin, where ships were once unloaded by wind-burnt dockers, there are now cafes, shops, and a growing number of tourist attractions.’
- ‘When the stewards were sentenced to three months' imprisonment, the industrial action spread to include dockers, who closed the port of Belfast.’
- ‘The dockers stopped nearly all work at the port.’
- ‘But, whatever the outcome, it is certain to have a huge impact on both the life of the docker and the future of their work at the port from thereon in.’
- ‘In 1919, dockers in the city of Seattle refused to load arms for use against the recent Russian Revolution.’
- ‘Around 10, 500 US dockers have been locked out of ports along the US West Coast for resisting the bosses' attacks.’
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