• 07/15 – THE EARLY DAYS | 1914

    WATM | July 2015
    By Russell McKinnon.


    The expansion of the waterside workers’ dispute from the Eastern States to Fremantle strengthened the belief that trade unionism is becoming “unreasoning and tyrannical”, according to a West Australian report of February 10, 1914. “So far there is no suggestion of a total cessation of activity on the wharves; the lumpees being content, or perhaps impelled, to fall into line with their fellow workers in the East in declining to work overtime. The waterside workers in this State were working under an agreement with local shipping representatives, and had given no indication of dissatisfaction with their conditions of employment. Indeed, it is an open secret that the partial cessation of work is anything but an expression of the feeling of the local union. Employment is particularly plentiful at this period of the year, and wages and conditions of labour generally are viewed as satisfactory. But the fact exists that loyalty to the Federation of waterside workers demands that a dispute be manufactured in this State.”

    FROM THE WEST AUSTRALIAN OF APRIL 29:

    “FREMANTLE ROAD, CONDITION BECOMING INTOLERABLE. SOME CARRIERS’ EXPERIENCES.

    The old saying, ‘While the grass is growing the whore is starving,’ has no better exemplification than the policy of inactivity adopted by the authorities upon whom the maintenance of the Perth to Fremantle main road devolves…


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    This article is from the July 2015 issue of the WA Transport Magazine. The WA Transport Magazine is available directly from the publisher – Angry Chicken Publishing.