Picket Line Dispatches
During 2000 a bitter industrial dispute took place in Moss Vale on the Southern Highlands of NSW. Following the breakdown of negotiations for a new Enterprise Agreement, 63 Joy Mining Machinery workers spent 205 days on a picket line, variously locked out of their workplace, or on strike. Rowan Cahill covered the dispute for the NSW Labor Council’s online weekly Workers Online, and helped generate wide interest in the dispute. Rowan’s reports did not comprehensively detail the legal and strategic manoeuvres such a dispute involves, but concentrated on the line and the workers. The reports, and their date of publication, follow.