Maritime workers in Australia have refused to handle United States ships in protest against the Vietnam War.
GV SS Monterey in sydney harbour
SV Flags flying
SV Police launch alongside Monterey
GV & SV Baggage loaded onto launch (3 shots)
GV & SV Passengers down ??? ?? lifeboat (5 shots)
SV Passengers wave from deck
SV Lifeboat across harbour and docking at quayside (2 shots)
MONTEREY IN HARBOUR: BAGGAGE BEING TAKEN ASHORE IN BOATS; POLICE LOOKING ON; PASSENGERS TRANSFERRED TO QUAY BY BOAT.
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Background: Maritime workers in Australia have refused to handle United States ships in protest against the Vietnam War.
The United States Ambassador, Mr. Waither Hice, has officially protested to Australia's new Labour Government for an end to the boycott. but so far, members of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam's cabinet have remained quiet about the protest.
An American passenger liner, the Monterey, was first to feel the ban's effects. The ship had to another out in Sydney harbour as maritime union members refused to dock her. Passengers and baggage were ferried ashore in lifeboats.
SYNOPSIS: The first United States ship ran foul of the Australian maritime workers vietnam protest ban on U.S. shipping on wednesday.
The vessel, the Monterey was forced to anchor out in Sydney Harbour and transfer passengers and baggage to shore by motor launch.
The American Ambassador has protested to the Australian Government about ban, but so far there's been no reply.
Other unionists are now talking of stopping construction work for American companies and cutting off water to American-owned industry.
The shipping ban has already brought retaliation from American longshoremen who say they'll refuse to handle Australian cargoes.
Lengthy American counter-action could affect Australian meat exports worth 20 million dollars (GBP10 million). The powerful Australian Council of Trade Unions, known to oppose the ban, is planning a meeting with the unions involved.