Wednesday, April 05, 2006

WorkChoices, Australia 1892

THE FIREMENS' STRIKE ON THE RMS OPHIR
ADELAIDE, Monday
All the Ophir's firemen who were engaged in the dispute at Melbourne returned to work except three, who persistently refused to obey the orders of the second engineer, and thereby caused inconvenience. Captain Ruthven handed them over to the police on reaching Largs Bay and they were removed to Port Adelaide Police Station.

At the Port Adelaide Police Court, on Monday, Alfred Stevens, George Janier, and David Morgan, firemen of the Ophir, were charged with disobeying lawful commands. The defendents pleaded guilty and were sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment and ordered to pay a proportion of the costs.
(The Argus, 12 January, 1892)

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