Proud to be a Wharfie

Jim Beggs, a life member and the last national president of the Australian Waterside Workers Federation, gives a colourful account of this 62 years on the Melbourne waterfront. He describes the changes over the years in a physically demanding, financially uncertain and dangerous job – from the ‘bull-day’, the ‘open pickup’ and the casual system, to permanency and containerisation. He peaks of the humour, the charaters, the strikes and, above all, the mateship that have always been core to the life of the waterfront.

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Proud to be a Wharfie
Proud to be a Wharfie