Creation worked with the Rock The Dock Committee and the TGWU’s Merseyside Port Shop Stewards on the album, due out on July 20, which follows the series of benefit gigs and events that have taken place over the last year.
Tracks on the album include: Oasis, ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ (recorded at Earl’s Court last year); Primal Scream, ‘Come Together’; Dodgy, ‘Found You’; Cast, ‘For So Long’; The Chemical Brothers, ‘Setting Sun’ (live); Chumbawamba, ‘One By One’; Gene, ‘Cast Out In The ’70s’; 60Ft Dolls, ‘Always The Star’; The Boo Radleys, ‘Lazarus’; Paul Weller, ‘So You Want To Be A Dancer’; Ocean Colour Scene, ‘Foxy Folk Faced’ and Billy Bragg, ‘Never Cross A Picket Line’.
Proceeds from the album will go to easing the financial hardship many dockers’ families are still suffering despite the end of the two-and-a-half-year dispute in January. The dispute has its origins in the 1989 privatisation of the dock industry which saw the introduction of casual labour.
In September 1995, the Mersey Docks And Harbour Company dismissed 400 workers when they went on strike in protest at working conditions, the introduction of casual labour and widespread redundancies. Workers reluctantly accepted the company’s final redundancy offer this January. Many, however, were excluded from the redundancy package and have no way of easing the debts accumulated over the last year-and-a-half.