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British dock strike ended after 25 days

Transport and General Workers' Union leaders called off Britain's 25-day-old dock strike Tuesday, which has idled nearly half the nation's seaborne trade. The decision followed agreement between unions and the state-owned British Steel Corporation to allow coal shipments to the Ravenscraig steel plant in Scotland.

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The dock strike tied up half of Britain's 10 top ports at an estimated cost the equivalent of $18.3 million in lost business. It began Aug. 24 when the company used nonunion labor to bypass a boycott of coal shipments, which the union mounted to support coal miners in their six-month-old strike.

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