Deposit Z592 - Maritime Dispute (1997-1998) collection

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Maritime Dispute (1997-1998) collection


  • 1891; 1960 - 2000 (Creation)

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16 boxes

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(1961 -)

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The Australian Society for the Study of Labour History was formed in 1961. It was inaugurated at a meeting held at the University of Queensland in May 1961 during a congress of the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science. Its foundation members included Asa Briggs, Bob Gollan, Eric Fry, Daphne Gollan, Don Rawson, John Merritt, Sam Merrifield, Joe Harris and others. The Society's journal Labour History has been published regularly since its first beginnings as a bulletin in 1961. The Society has branches in Canberra, Brisbane, Hunter Valley, Sydney, Illawarra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Tasmania, and Perth. Branches are involved in labour history and research, and heritage preservation. In 1999 the ASSHL and the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) initiated the MUA Dispute Archive Project in an effort to collect and preserve documents relating to the 1998 dispute between the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and Patrick Stevedores.

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(1956 -)

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Lindsay Tanner was born in Orbost, Victoria, on 24 April 1956. Tanner began his career as an articled clerk and solicitor at Holding Redlich Lawyers in Melbourne 1982-1985; he was an electorate assistant to Labor Senator Barney Cooney1985-1987; Assistant State Secretary of the Federated Clerks' Union 1987-1988, then State Secretary 1988-1993. Tanner was the ALP Member for Melbourne from 1993-2010 and Shadow Transport Minister from March 1996 – October 1998.

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(1993 -2018)

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The Maritime Union of Australia was formed in 1993 with the merging of several maritime unions, principally the Waterside Workers’ Federation of Australia and the Seamen’s Union of Australia. For a brief time Joint General Secretaries controlled the Union and the representation and responsibilities of the former Waterside Workers’ Federation and the Seamen’s Union were differentiated. Following the waterfront dispute of 1997-1998, however, the Maritime Union of Australia became consolidated as a single entity.

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The collection includes records of the MUA Dispute Archive Project consisting of union records and correspondence; Australian Council of Trade Unions and Victorian Trades Hall Council minutes; Trade Union Training Authority speaker notes and fact sheets; Australian Services Union fliers and administrative documents; Finance Sector Union correspondence and administrative documents; Health and Community Services Union flier and newsletter; Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance flier and minutes; National Tertiary Education Union correspondence and NSW Branch information kit; police association correspondence and newsletter; Transport Workers Union NSW flier and minutes; Victorian Independent Education Union newsletters and fliers; Australian Manufacturing Workers Union leaflet, newsletter and newspapers; Community and Public Sector Union ACT journals and flier; correspondence, leaflets and posters produced by non-union groups; official documents, legal and parliamentary records including speeches, transcripts, minutes; fliers, posters, booklets, electronic communications, film, photographs, artwork, music, poetry and media releases. Files of Lindsay Tanner gathered by the MUA Dispute Archive Project consists of media clippings, transcripts of electronic media interviews, Hansard extracts, notes and correspondence, and documents relating to legislation. The deposit also includes papers of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, the NSW Fire Brigade Employees’ Union, and unionist Carmel Shute, media releases and circulars, printed material, video and audio tapes; research files consisting of legal documents, reports, newsletters and documents relating to the Dubai stevedoring venture, news clippings, and leaflets; Maritime Union of Australia files, speeches and news reports.


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Researchers must sign an access agreement. Some records including artwork, video footage and records of Lindsay Tanner in this collection are restricted. Archives staff will need to request permission from the owner of the records before access can be given.

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Entered from deposit description on 1 May 2012




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