The sources of future trouble in the port centred upon the two oldest organisations—the Stevedores and Lightermen. This was not an accident. When old organisations expand into new sectors of employment, they bring with them a whole series of problems. This is because they have fixed standards to maintain, and are consequently subject to considerable pressures both from within and without. Their older members will be fearful lest new recruits compromise hard-won gains, and employers will resist the intrusion into their domain of unions whose standards are high and conditions precise. So it was with the Stevedores and Lightermen, and the former organisation in particular suffered from its need to impose fixed standards.
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