LOSS OP TIME CONDEMNED P.A. DUNEDIN, Friday. About SO members of the Port Chalmers branch of the New Zealand Waterside Workers' Union decided not to work to-day. To mark the victory of the Labour Party in Britam, there was a procession from the office of the union to the Cenotaph and back. Flags were carried, and several members of the union spoke of the Labour victory, after which the crowd dispersed.
The president of the Port Chalmers branch of the union, Mr. W. Campbell, declined to make a statement on the matter. The men had been employed in loading an overseas vessel with meat and tallow and were expected to resume at a late hour to-night. The crew of the ship affected by the delay did not observe a holiday.
The Mayor of Port Chalmers, Mr. H. S. Watson, who is also deputychairman of the Otago Harbour Board, commented: "No doubt the dismissal from office of those associated with Mr. Neville Chamberlain and latterly with Mr. Winston Churchill and their replacement by Labour members in such large numbers is a great victory for Labour, but I condemn the action of the Port Chalmers waterside workers in their method of celebration.
"The people of Great Britain have recently had a further reduction in the food ration, and the action of a section Of watersiders, no doubt a minority, in the holding up of a food ship for one day is both stupid and embarrassing. Instead of giving the newly-elected British Government a pat on the back, it has, figuratively speaking, given it a kick in the pante."
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WATERSIDERS' HOLIDAY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945
WATERSIDERS' HOLIDAY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945
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