They represented workers with economic punch such as the miners, watersiders, seafarers and meat workers.
93) After World War II, there was an upsurge of militant unionism and communists became prominent in several unions, although they had limited influence over the most militant union, the watersiders.
The departure of Sister Vivian Bullwinkle and other personnel of 2/ 13th Australian General Hospital aboard the hospital ship Wanganella to Malaya before the Japanese attack was disrupted when watersiders refused to load supplies and equipment.
Militant unionist Eddie Ward, as Minister for Labour and National Service, began by granting striking watersiders at Darwin virtually everything they wanted--making further strikes and ambit claims in all militant unions certain.
The ship was held up a month, the entire port was tied up, and about 180 watersiders and other port-workers were idle, as Stewart put it, "in the darkest years of the war in Australia .
A common impression among Australian servicemen at the time was that Ward's conciliatory attitude to watersiders, coal-miners and other militant unionists was encouraging strikes in strategic industries.
The Battle of Milne Bay was fought by Australian troops without heavy guns because watersiders
in Queensland refused to load them in time -- another instance of this book's catalogue of errors and, probably more significantly, omissions.
Significantly, he describes the public resentment of watersiders as an expression of 'the brackish pools of emotion, fed by the pattern, which must find an outlet' (p.
Although that novel is set in 1947 it anticipates the Dispute in its picture of the Labour MP complacent in his belief that the Labour Government 'had brought in the day of the common man who lived comfortably in one of the few comfortable countries in an uncomfortable world', but who worries that 'it was the watersiders .
Hilliard had been involved in the Dispute as the editor of Around the Parts, a communist illegal bulletin for the watersiders.
Besides, on those issues our minds have been firmly made up on our behalf, in favour of the maligned watersiders
and their cause and against all those who opposed and persecuted them: the cliche-spouting politicians, the faceless newspaper editors, cops and FOL officials.