Watersiders Working for Themselves: The New Zealand Experience of Union Cooperatives, Government Promotion of Worker Control, Union Shareholding and P
As well as recording the efforts to enable watersiders to formally control their working lives this study reflects the changes in methods of waterfront work and organisation in New Zealand and overseas. Sources include the official records of the waterfront commissions, port employers, unions and government.
With a Master Mariner's certificate Brian Wood came ashore to work for the Waterfront Industry Commission, later becoming its general manager. On a daily basis he experienced the often conflicting interests of employers, unions and shippers that are at the heart of this book.
Introduction; Earlier publications; Early days and government interest; Government intervention; The Waterfront Control Commission; Cooperative contracting introduced as first step to worker control; Setbacks and some progress trying to advance from cooperative contracts to worker control; Regulation of dock work overseas, but not for worker control; Government keen for the commission to advance cooperative contracts further; Post war, Waterfront Industry Commission; A new Government, the 1951 Stoppage and the Commission settled as an administrative body; Commission again made representative despite Government having come close to creating an employer authority; Illustrations; More technical advances in cargo handling and local partnership initiatives; Conclusion; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index