Australian Left Review


Joe Palmada


THE STRIKE MOVEMENT IN AUSTRALIA has reached a postwar record. In 1970 there were 2738 strikes involving 1,367,- 000 workers and the loss of 2,393,700 man-hours, compared with the previous postwar high of 1949-50 when there were 1276 strikes incurring a loss of 2,062,888 manhours. The present movement received tremendous impetus from the penal powers strike of May 1969, an action which has paralysed the system of compulsory arbitration, opening the way for new offensives by the workers.



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