Proud of her trade union history--her lather was a dergistered watersider
from 1951 and her sister, trade unionist Dorothy Jelicich, was a Labour MP in the 1972 75 Labour Government--she sees nurses' campaign for pay equity as the only way of raising their status.
There he makes his own gesture against the Government by painting swastikas on the town water tower by night, and observes a watersider
arrested and beaten when attempting to state the Union case.
In his younger years, he worked at the Whakatu Freezing Works and as a watersider
in Napier, holding union positions.
At the time Costello was establishing himself in Paris, the New Zealand Special Branch was beset by a number of security problems connected with the watersiders
' dispute and communist demands for the withdrawal of New Zealand troops involved in the Korean War.
In this view, the government had no quarrel with trade unions as such, only with the MUA, which was accused of using its monopoly over the watersiders
to protect inefficient work practices.
The Thistle was then a working-class pub favoured by watersiders
He also supported the National government's suppression of the striking watersiders
' Wellington protest march the previous week.
George Burgess, then a shop steward at Boags but later an Organiser and Branch Secretary of the FLAIEU, recalls Mahoney telling him that he had got to know some members at the hotels at which he and other watersiders
drank and that this led to 'a suggestion that he should take over running the Branch'.
He recalls the Brown brothers, Lennie, Bobby and Leo as watersiders
and close personal friends, who were strong supporters of the union, but does not mention them as having had a left-wing political position and certainly not as sharing his own communist party affiliation.
By providing security of employment and income for registered watersiders
, and hence a stable base for union organising, the Commission became the cornerstone of union strength.
Union activity had increased greatly in New Zealand during the 1900s and had come to a head in 1913 with the Waihi miners' strike and the Wellington watersiders
' strike the next year.
On 5 April 1940, Sydney watersiders
at Woolloomooloo loading food for the A.I.F.