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Selected Events in Trade Union History Maritime Dispute (1998)

Patrick's Stevedoring Dispute

Industrial Dispute


The Maritime Union of Australia members strike when Patrick stevedoring, it is later found, unlawfully conspires to sack an entire workforce for being members of a union. Plans had been made to replace the workers with serving and former soldiers, trained in advance in Dubai. After two months an agreement is reached between the Union and Patrick, involving the dropping of all legal action against the company and their paying the expenses; Patrick also agrees not to seek to change key award conditions and to withdraw an application to the Industrial Relations Commission to reduce overtime and penalty rates.

Archival resources

The Noel Butlin Archives Centre, ANU Archives Program

  • Maritime Union of Australia Dispute (1998) Archives Project, 1980 - 1999, Z592; The Noel Butlin Archives Centre, ANU Archives Program. Details

Published resources


  • Butler, Sean and Wiegard, Leon, 1998 Maritime Dispute Archives: Finding Aid, ACTU for the 1998 Maritime Dispute Archive Steering Committee, Melbourne, 2001, 55 pp. Details

Ross G. Elford