september / 28


28th September, 1928 : Violence has erupted all through the Australian waterfront over the use of volunteers to break the strike by waterside workers. In Melbourne, shots were fired at two taxi cabs carrying volunteers, and the driver and passengers badly beaten. In Brisbane, watersiders stoned and bashed volunteers signing on for work; in Adelaide, where a secret ballot was expected to recommend a return to work, several strikers seized the ballot box and used it as a football before smashing it and tearing up the voting papers. Later in Adelaide, about 4,000 waterside workers stormed the free-labour employment bureau. Troopers were called in when the mob scattered to the wharves attacking ships, trucks and a train suspected of carrying volunteers.

[Australian Unions disrespect for democratic process goes long way back]

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