Liam & Tommy
Dock work, unions, hungary, Northern Ireland, Labour, body practices of Dockers, tools of the trade
Liam and Tommy are former Sailortown residents, and retired Dockers.
They worked through the period of containerisation, decasualisation, unionisation, automation, and a number of other radical changed to the labour relation, work structure, and practices of the harbour, all of which led to significant decreases in the workforce, and reductions in the influence, scope, and political potential of the unions.
In this conversation Liam and Tommy discuss work on the docks, tools, body practices, risks, dangers, and experiences over their working lives, and the gradual removal of workers from the harbour.
They also touch on their experience of the harbour as an interface between Northern Ireland and political conditions around the world, and how working experience was influenced by this interface and reflected in internaitonal solidarity, for example with the Hungarian revolution.