In November 1937, the South Coast Branch of the Waterside Workers Federation (WWF) carried the following resolution at their monthly meeting:
"We note with horror the unprovoked and murderous attack of the Japanese militarists against the peace loving Chinese people and lodge an emphatic protest and demand the application of the League Covenant be put into operation against Japan.
Furthermore, we as members of the Australian working class are prepared to assist the Chinese workers in their fight against Fascist Japan".
Japan had invaded China in 1937 and stories of brutality towards Chinese civilians soon were heard in Australia.
Produced by Sandra Pires.
Posted by Jamie McMechan Maritime Union of Australia - Film Unit.
Maritime Union of Australia (MUA)
Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)
International Transport Workers Federation (ITF)
International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)