IT STARTED EARLY. 1969 had hardly begun, with most factories still closed for the holidays before industrial action began to swing. Trans-Australia Airlines was reduced to skeleton operation by a strike of 600 men against a rigid bureaucratic structure behind which stands the Federal Government’s authoritarian policies. The postal service is ready to erupt again because of the same bureaucracy and the Liberal Government’s determination to hold the economic line by maintaining “proper” relations between master and servant. Newcastle steelworkers came out against the other giant Australian bureaucracy.
Recommended CitationComment: ALR 17, Australian Left Review, 1(17), 1969, 1-7.