It was hardly surprisingly that alarm bells sounded when the watersiders
' leader, Harold Barnes, was thought to have established contact with Costello.
There's no gainsaying that watersiders
have a strategic capacity to take effective strike action and a (proud) history of militancy, but that's not the issue here.
Although the stevedoring industry was relatively concentrated (the top four companies accounted for 62 per cent of wages paid to watersiders
in 1955), the fundamentally different types of firms that comprised the industry made co-ordination difficult.
Work was work, school was school, men were men, women were women (they'd bloody well better be) and though everyone knew the world had just been turned upside down (world wars, atomic bombs, Korean wars, cold wars, watersiders
locked out, country held to ransom, etc.) by some trick of the mind all that didn't really exist.
The Royal Commission quietened the industrial situation, but without giving any concessions to watersiders
. (6) Beasley is correct in stating that the Dethridge Royal Commission was a response to the industrial action taken by the Melbourne wharfies at the same time as the seamen walked off the job in May 1919.
Although they kept unskilled workers out of their own ranks, the leaders of the craft unions helped to organise the new unions of the 1880s and 1890s such as watersiders
The 2nd/2nd Commandos embarking at Darwin for Timor in December 1941, had their delicate radios thrown into the ship's holds by watersiders
who were annoyed their beer had not been unloaded.
The Maoriland Worker said the visit was for a well-earned rest, but also suggested that whilst in Australia Semple had been instructed to solidify ties between New Zealand and Australian coal miners and watersiders
. (54) Semple spent a month in the Bathurst region probably visiting his sisters who were still living in the area at that time.
It is claimed by Knightley that the striking watersiders
managed to prevent "non-union labour" unloading the Dimboola and there is a reference to "scab" workers.
(33) After dealing with life in the Depression and at the time of the 1951 Watersiders
' Lock Out (Pass It On), Renee chose to go back in time, to Dunedin in 1879, and follow the story of Granna, who was 'Jeannie once'.
Miners and watersiders
were the core of the 'Red Feds'.
Thus a confrontation occurred in February 1951 when wage negotiations between the WWU and the Government broke down: the WWU offered that the watersiders
continue work during the dispute, but without any overtime; the employers responded by saying that they would accept no work without overtime.