Australian Left Review

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The 1949 Coal Strike


Jack Blake


The 1949 coal strike was an event of wideranging significance in the post-war history o f Australia. In the thirty years since, a great deal has been said and written about the causes, conduct and outcome of the strike, and most analysts appear to agree that the economic claims of the miners were well founded; many o f the analysts in turn agree that the miners were justified in taking strike action. But a fuller picture has emerged vfith the publication of Phillip Deery’s Labour in Conflict: The 1949 Coal Strike, a selection of documents linked by the editor’s commentary.



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