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Wednesday, 8 November 1911

Senator RAE (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice -

1.   Whether it is a fact, as alleged in the press, that there is a strike among the wharf labourers of Sydney?

2.   Is the Minister aware that the steam-ship owners are divided into three sections - deep-sea,. Inter-State, and coastal - each section having different agreements (embodying varying rates) with the Wharf Labourers Union?

3.   Is he aware that the wharf labourers are all members of the one union, and as such entitled to work at any class of work for any section of the ship-owners, and at any time to transfer their services from one class of ships to any other?

4.   Is he aware that under the agreements referred to the same men may be paid different rates for handling the same kind of cargo on the same ships?

5.   If this be so, can the resolve of the men concerned to only handle the goods for which they receive the higher rates of pay be considered a strike within the meaning of the Act?

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