The true story about the war on the Australian waterfront, when on the 7th April 1998, Chris Corrigan and the Liberal Government at the time, conspired and illegally dismissed the unionised...
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The true story about the war on the Australian waterfront, when on the 7th April 1998, Chris Corrigan and the Liberal Government at the time, conspired and illegally dismissed the unionised workforce. The series tells the story from both sides, and how the Maritime Union of Australia fought diligently to get the some 2000 sacked workers their jobs back. Written by
Most of the characters portrayed are real individuals, many of whom were interviewed in the process of writing the drama. However, a number of characters were invented and events were considerably compressed for dramatic purposes. Notably, the waterside workers portrayed in the drama were composites, based on interviews with many waterside workers. See more »
This is a great TV movie. It explains the events of the Waterfront Dispute very accurately, particularly the legal issues which were not very straight-forward. There were a few inaccuracies - for example, the dramatic scenes in relation to the Australian Endeavour happened at Port Botany and not Webb Dock and the ACCC did not seek fines in its cases against the MUA. However, the most disappointing aspect of the production was the inaccurate claims that the MUA avoided engaging in violence on the docks. There was plenty of violence directed against the non-union laborers and anybody behind the picket lines. I didn't like all the focus on Josh Bornstein - it seemed quite unnecessary to me to focus so much of the movie on one of the legal advisers.
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