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wharfie

Austral and NZ a wharf labourer; docker
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Throughout 1919 the Federal Committee of Management (COM) of the WWF was engaged in an attempt to gain a second award, which would give wharfies nationally their first pay rise after five years of wartime inflation.
Their understandable resentment, and the readiness of returned soldiers to resolve problems with their fists, was matched by the anger of the wharfies who had begun their own war against the scabs.
19) The implication of his argument, that the wharfies and the seamen should act together, was sufficient to win the day against action.
The lack of work on the waterfront caused by the seamen's strike, when it began on 21 May, strengthened the position of the established wharfies by discouraging many of the scabs.
They were attacked by a group of wharfies who threw coal and coke at them as they worked.
As it became clear that the seamen were about to score a stunning victory, the prospect of the waterfront in Melbourne remaining paralysed by striking wharfies loomed as a serious concern.
When the Melbourne wharfies moved to remove this remnant by industrial action in October, they incurred the wrath of Justice Higgins who threatened to vary the new award and exclude Melbourne wharfies from the pay rise.
We have already seen that in October 1919 the wharfies were granted an award that failed to make up the losses in real wages produced by the wartime (and postwar) inflationary surge.
Despite this cavil, however, it is clear that the seamen performed better than the wharfies in maintaining their wage rates over this inflationary period and that the coal miners certainly did so.