UNIONS and Australian Labor Party faithful gathered at Melbourne Convention Centre on Thursday night for an event to mark twenty years since the famous waterfront dispute with Patrick Stevedores.
The event was conducted under ‘Chatham House’ rules meaning the content of people’s speeches was off limits to the media.
But DCN can confirm the event included speeches from Paddy Crumlin and Christy Cain of the MUA, Opposition leader Bill Shorten, former and current ACTU secretaries Bill Kelty and Sally McManus and International Transport Workers Federation general secretary Steve Cotton.
Many veterans of the dispute were in attendance and the event was also notable for the presence of some US longshoremen, workers who refused to unload in America ship containers loaded by non-union labour in Australia.
Other luminaries included legal eagles Julian Burnside QC, Josh Bornstein and Herman Borenstein QC.