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Waterfront Dispute, Sydney, 1998

Waterfront Dispute, Sydney, 1998

In September 1997, the Australian shipping company, Patrick Corporation, attempted to restructure its business by dividing its functions and unionised workforce into smaller companies. This restructure and a series of new labour supply agreements were not made known to Patrick’s employees or the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA). In late 1997, employees engaged in around-the-clock industrial action across the Patrick wharves.

In an attempt to break the picket lines, stevedoring companies sought to make up a new workforce from former and current members of the Australian Defence Force. It intended to train these recruits in Dubai and the Arab Emirates before employing them on the docks as non-union labour. The MUA heard of these plans and informed the media, which met the recruits at the airport as they boarded a flight to Dubai.

On April 1998, Patrick’s dismissed its employees, liquidated its assets to become legally insolvent, and imposed lockouts at most of its major ports. The following day, it employed an entirely new workforce and became fully operational. The case was taken to the Federal Court and High Court of Australia which found in favour of the MUA, stating that Patrick’s had deliberately restructured its operations in order to dismiss its unionised workforce.

The MUA and Patrick negotiated a new work agreement in June 1998. The non-union workforce was dismissed at the end of the dispute and many of its members claimed they were owed thousands of dollars in unpaid wages.
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Waterfront Dispute 1998. A container
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The waterfront dispute showed the
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Patick's Chris Corrigan... Waterfront dispute:
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Patick's Chris Corrigan... Waterfront dispute:
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The Australian Maritime Union's John
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