The Liverpool General Transport
Strike Committee

Between 14th of June and 28th of August 1911 the city of Liverpool was brought to a virtual standstill by 'the General Transport Strike'. Initiated by local seamen, the dispute attracted the involvement of ships' stewards & catering staff, dock labourers, carters, tugboatmen, coalheavers, ancillary waterfront workers, railwaymen, tramwaymen, electric power station workers, and 'scavengers' (street cleaners & dustmen) 66,000 workers in all.

The strike committee developed a strategy which contained many effective ploys. One such related to their exerting control over the carriage of goods and commodities coming into, or going out of the city. Essential goods could only be moved without interference if the committee had granted a 'permit'. Otherwise, any movement would require the presence of a heavy military and police escort.

The resolution of the conflict saw many important concessions made in favour of the striking groups. Generally viewed as progressive and victorious episode, the General Transport Strike is recognised as a watershed in the history of radicalism in Liverpool.

Unheard Voices,Unseen Lives are a collective of young artists living and working in the Dingle and Toxteth districts of Liverpool. Led by David Jacques the group (all graduates of the local artskills project) are involved with the creation of site-specific artworks inspired by and located within the city of Liverpool.