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Dogs and Docks, The Real Story on Australia's Waterfront

Date: 1998
Dimensions:
Overall: 210 x 295 mm, 0.005 kg
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from the Maritime Union of Australia
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Brochure
Object No: 00003082
Place Manufactured:New South Wales

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    Description
    This 'Dogs and Docks, The Real Story on Australia's Waterfront' leaflet was produced by the Australian Council of Trade Unions in 1998. It was produced to support the 1998 Maritime Union waterfront dispute at Port Botany, when Patrick Stevedores sacked all Maritime Union members on its wharves.
    SignificanceThis leaflet is significant in documenting the Maritime Union of Australia picket at Port Botany and in showing the support they received from other unions.
    HistoryOn 7 April 1998 Patrick Stevedores sacked all Maritime Union members on its wharves and hired new workers. The issues were staffing levels, work practices, and rights to union membership.

    The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) picketed Patrick's wharves around Australia to stop non-union workers getting in to do their jobs. Patrick obtained injunctions against MUA pickets bu the union ignored them, claiming the pickets were community demonstrations outside its control.

    A series of court cases resulted in MUA members returning to work on May 9. They agreed to some redundancies and new work practices. The union later produced a commemorative 'Strike Pack'.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: Dogs and the Docks - the real story on Australia's waterfront

    Web title: Dogs and Docks, The Real Story on Australia's Waterfront

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