There were many communists in the labour movement, both in the UK and North America, using it for their own purposes. "The Communist Technique in Britain" by Bob Darke, a former communist details this.
Of course the shipowners used that for their own purposes: they'd rather have a crooked, bought union than a real one, and if the communists couldn't control a union they'd rather see it destroyed, as according to marxist dialectics "the worse things got, the better they got" and an effective non-communist union defused worker discontent and made "capitalism" more effective and prosperous.
And now we have F.O.C. and no one is better off; except the guys from the 2nd and 3rd worlds who got the jobs.
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