Interesting! Number 8 though, just proves that unions are more worried about themselves than for the good of the people. Geez.
Yeah, your country is in dire danger of being overrun by Japanese invaders so what do you do...go on strike because you don’t like the working conditions. Imagine the horrible working conditions those dock workers would be working under if their overlords had been the conquering Japanese. BTW, when the Marines went ashore to Wellington, they left a lot of obscene graffiti on the walls expressing how they felt about the striking dockworkers.
Years ago I met an old-timer who served in the army on Guadalcanal and he still was suffering from relapses of malaria after all those years. I asked him how many of those serving at Guadalcanal caught malaria. He replied, “Everyone.” I thought he was exaggerating. He wasn’t.
I remember reading an account that just prior to the Japanese fleet arriving, Gunner’s Mates were scurrying about to resupply ammo from the freighters to the guns on the other vessels, but the union workers on the freighters refused to unload at 0530 as their union contract didn’t require them to start work before 0800. This prompted a Marine officer to unholster his .45 and reissue to orders to commence their operations, as they wouldn’t be afloat at 0800 otherwise.
My mother worked almost every day of WWII at Hughes Tool milling out oil drilling bits. She worked seven days per week and most holidays; she worked double shifts.
The union called a strike which she ignored. She was pelted by rocks crossing the picket line. She yelled back at them, “Don’t you fools realize there’s a war on?”
God bless Mom. She never learned to drive a car, but she could run a milling machine for 16 hours straight!