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wharfie

(ˈwɔːfɪ)
n
(Nautical Terms) Austral and NZ a wharf labourer; docker
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On day one American longshoremen on both coasts and Australian wharfies brought their countries' ports to a standstill.
106) Funds also arrived from a variety of other unions, including ironworkers, Mortlake gas workers, NSW miners and Tasmanian wharfies.
His use of place names, not least his own name for New Zealand, Pig Island, is anchored in history and often in labour--the work of shepherds, miners, wharfies.
On November 26 the switch was turned on to the second largest capacity roof-top solar energy system in Australia, allowing not only STC but fellow wharfies Sydney Dance Company and Bangarra Dance Theatre to derive up to 70 per cent of their power from renewable sources.
Queensland cane-cutters and wharfies seemed more open to new ideas, and more attracted to communist ideology than labourers in other parts of rural Australia.
They are people from all walks of life--a dairy-farmer, a former war-time air crew staff, a police Commissioner, Labor MPs (such as Kim Beazley, Snr), a prime ministerial adviser on foreign affairs (Allan Griffith), a trade union leader for the wharfies (Jim Beggs), a Laotian refugee, an Aboriginal community worker (Reg Blow)--not to mention their wives of similarly strong personality and dedication.
At Brisbane aircraft to be unloaded were ripped apart by wharfies in revenge for American military police inspecting their lunch-kits for stolen cigarettes.
During the waterfront dispute in 1998, Gawanali and Neowarra sent letters of support to the striking wharfies.
21) In 1971, 660 wharfies worked the Lyttelton harbour; by 1999, this had been reduced to less than 150 as mechanisation and improved technology facilitated the handling of greater volumes of cargo.
Politicisation occurred in the most unexpected and unlikely places: in the grandmothers who came down to the wharves; in the police who, under the shadow of their own industrial relations problems, questioned their role in the dispute; and in the masses who rallied in support of the wharfies -- those from the ranks of the `I've-never-been-political, but .
The Arts at the Workplace," Caper, 5 (1980), 1; Sandy Kirby, Artists and Unions: A Critical Tradition -- Report on the Art and Working Life Program (Sydney 1992), 10-1; Debra Mills, "All those in favour," Industrial Issues and Cultural Tools, Papers and Proceedings of the 2nd National Art and Working Life Conference, October 1990 (Sydney 1991), 5; Andrew Reeves, A Tapestry of Australia: The Sydney Wharfies Mural (Sydney 1992), 9-10.
20) Likewise the novel points ahead to 1951 in its portrait of the National Party supporter who boasted that once his party was in power 'Sid Holland would put those bloody wharfies and miners in their place, make no mistake about that' (p.