Meaning of wharfie in English:



informal Australian, New Zealand
  • A person who works at a wharf; a waterside worker or labourer.

    • ‘This lawless activity peaked in the communist-dominated unions - the wharfies and the building industry - which Santamaria and his groupers did not manage to clean up before they were disabled by Dr Evatt.’
    • ‘Then in 1949 he was picked for the New Zealand side, a decision that caused a stopwork meeting by Dunedin wharfies, who objected to the omission of one of their number, George Mills.’
    • ‘In fact he supported the communists in Vietnam and the rest of Indo-China, and used his position in the ranks of the wharfies to help undermine the morale of the Australian troops fighting there.’
    • ‘An estimated one in four wharfies at Port Botany container terminal suffer neck, shoulder and back injuries, with dozens seeking physiotherapy.’
    • ‘I do not think the motivation behind the bill is to put the average group of wharfies or seafarers in that definition just for engaging in industrial action over a safety issue, or whatever it might be.’