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1989 Dockworkers, ” Jobs for life” was scrapped.

It guaranteed a job for dockworkers. It affected 60 British Ports who were part of the NDLS, National Dock Labour Scheme. It was introduced in 1947 by Labour. To stop casual labour being used as a cheap way to get out of using real Dockworkers with real job rights and conditions. This scheme gave dockers more rights to pensions,  minimum work, holidays, sick pay, support with dismissal and recruitment, help from unions. Some 150 firms joined. If a worker was put out of work he would be promised work by another firm who belonged to the scheme. Hence the term “Job for life.”


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