Marine Motor Drivers’ and Coxswains’ Union of New South Wales

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Type of entity

Trade union

Authorized form of name

Marine Motor Drivers’ and Coxswains’ Union of New South Wales

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Other form(s) of name

  • Marine Motor Drivers’ and Coxswains’ Association of New South Wales

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Description area

Dates of existence

1912 - 1967

History

Originally formed in 1912 as the Marine Motor Drivers’ and Coxswains’ Association of New South Wales, by 1939 the name had changed to the Marine Motor Drivers’ and Coxswains’ Union of New South Wales. Agitating for improvements in its members' pay and conditions and generally working towards maintaining the high standard of skill amongst workers in the industry, the Marine Motor Drivers’ and Coxswains' Union endured many demarcation disputes with other maritime unions such as the Masters’ and Engineers' Association and the Firemen and Deckhands' Union of New South Wales. In 1967, the Marine Motor Drivers’ and Coxswains' Union amalgamated with the Firemen and Deckhands' Union. Don Henderson, Secretary, Firemen and Deckhands' Union (FDU) (1962-1984), would later acknowledge that a large part of the FDU's motivation in seeking amalgamation with the Marine Motor Drivers and Coxswains was the vital position of the linesmen, represented by the latter union, in port operations. The linesmen's role in securing moored ships meant they could halt all docking of ships in the event of an industrial dispute.

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New South Wales

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Functions, occupations and activities

Representation for maritime workers, coxswains, motor boat drivers

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Prepared by Margaret Avard, March 2013

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Sources

Kirkby, Diane, Voices from the ships: Australia's seafarers and their union, University of New South Wales Press: Sydney, 2008
Australian Trade Union Archives website atua.org.au

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