Casuals
Artist
Broadbent

Date
2010

Materials


Location
Borough
Salford

Cluster
Ordsall

OS grid ref
SJ 80505 96958

Coordinates
Latitude 53.468994

Longitude -2.2951433

Postcode
Nearest, M17 1HE

Made in 2010 with former Salford Dock workers and their families.

Each metal structure in this installation represents a dock workers union card. They are arranged in separate groups emphasising the divide between those in and out of work.

Dockers needed a union card to qualify for work. Labour was on a casual basis, and men gathered at the Dock gates every morning and afternoon to compete for jobs. Those chosen on merit were selected like cattle for their strength, coordination and speed. The rest returned home disappointed, without a wage. A number of former dockers and their families gave interviews for this project. Some of their names and photographs feature on the cards.



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