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17th May, 1946 : A week long waterfront strike over double-dumped bales of wool has been settled. The strike paralysed 100 ships around Australia and saw thousands of wharf workers idle, threatening the movement of food shipments to Britain and the supply of coal. Bales of double-dumped wool are compressed to take up only half the space, but the Waterside Workers Federation says they are too heavy. To end the dispute, the Government has agreed to set up an inquiry into the issue.

[I wonder whether the inquiry has finished by now. Not much workers’ solidarity shown here. Perhaps a small matter like leaving Brits starving pales beside the waterside workers’ strikes during the war, refusing to load heavy ammunition without a payrise. Craig Thomson represents the flower of the trade union movement.]

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