ABERDEEN'S SOLIDARITY WITH THE SPANISH SEAMEN'S STRIKE

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Display

28/05/2016 - 10/09/2016

This display tells the story of the Spanish Steamship Eolo, which berthed in Blaikie’s Quay, Aberdeen Harbour 80 years ago.

When its owners and Captain failed to comply with legislation granting Spanish seaman increased wages the crew went on strike and turned off steam so their cargo could not be unloaded.

Aberdeen dockers were in full sympathy and along with other workers and trade unionists rallied together to befriend, support and collect for the 33 men for 15 weeks until full settlement had been made. The huge support from local people cemented the granite city’s bond of unity with Spain into the Spanish Civil War and beyond.

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