April 21, 1998

Last week Mr Mark Paterson, Executive Director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (a large bosses’ union), had this to say when asked whether other employers should be encouraged by Patrick’s tactics in sacking a unionised workforce which refuses to accept management ‘reforms’:

“The waterfront has been unwilling to do it, and if there are other sectors of the economy that are unwilling to do it, this is a lesson for them.” [Read more]

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April 21, 1998

Dear Comrade,

Over the last week or so, the Union has attempted to visit as many member stations/workplaces as possible in order to explain and discuss the waterfront dispute. We have managed to make around 50 or so such visits, each lasting around one hour. However, with almost 100 stations in Sydney alone, and four platoons per station (meaning 400 visits) it is virtually impossible for elected officials to visit every member. This is why our delegate network is so important. [Read more]

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April 9, 1998

Members would be aware that Patrick Stevedores, backed by the Howard Government, yesterday sacked each and every one of its 1400 employees around the nation without notice. Why? Because they are members of a union who have defended their democratic right to organise and bargain collectively. [Read more]

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March 17, 1998

THE REALITY

Laurie Oakes of the Bulletin reports:

“The Government has never been interested in genuine talks with the MUA about improving productivity on the waterfront….

The aim was to create a public issue where the Government could be seen to defeat the MUA….

‘It was all about provoking a shitfight with the wharfies’….

Senior members of John Howard’s Government have made no secret of their hope that the next election would be held against the backdrop of industrial disputation on the waterfront.” [Read more]

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