Abstract

On 10 February 1976 the Illawarra Mercury reported that 18,000 steelworkers would strike from midnight for 24 hours due to BHP’s refusal to ratify a steel award which lifted the all purpose bonus from $12 to $30. The following day, the major industrial news (front page) involved the ACTU warning of massive industrial unrest if the 6.4% was not granted. It was not until page 8 that there was an item about Warilla High School teachers going on strike the previous day. From then on, it was much bigger news. The Warilla High School strike persisted for 28 days and remains the longest teachers’ strike in Australian history.

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