Prior to the global financial crisis the LeftPress collective wrote a pamphlet about the 1998 MUA dispute on Australian ports. Given recent events where global port operator, Hutchison, has sacked half its workforce in Brisbane and Sydney it seems timely to re-visit this dispute.
Does this represent a shift in the thinking of workers who will no longer tolerate the casualisation, long shifts, poor wages, increasing unemployment?
Here is the introduction to After the Waterfront – the workers are quiet. Workers shouted and then fell silent.