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Letter from prime minister Andrew Fisher to Hugh Victor McKay, 1911

This is a letter from Andrew Fisher, then prime minister of Australia, to Hugh Victor McKay, owner of the Sunshine Harvester Works, dated 24 February 1911. The letter concerns the 1911 strike at the Works over compulsory trade unionism. Fisher writes: 'I should like to meet you in reference to the harvester industrial dispute. ...

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Non-unionised workers unloading coal during a strike, 1911

This is a black-and-white photograph showing non-unionised workers unloading coal from rail wagons during a strike at the Sunshine Harvester Works in Melbourne in 1911. About 11 men stand in the rail wagons with a pile of what is probably coal sits to their right. The men are dressed casually in shirts and trousers, with ...

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The 1998 waterfront dispute and Australian values

Imagine being locked out of your job and told it was because you were a member of a union. This is what happened to 1400 waterside workers, members of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), on 7 April 1998. The dispute that resulted was one of the most bitter in Australian history. Watch as ABC's 7.30 Report covers events ...

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Strike for better pay and conditions

How can not going to work help to improve pay? Find out the reasons why school teachers went on strike in June 2008. See how strike action can be used by workers to improve their working conditions and pay.

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Trade unions in Australia

This collection of 25 digital curriculum resources traces union activity since the second half of the 19th century. It is organised into eight categories - the eight-hour day campaign; significant union leaders; women and unions; the shearers' strikes of the 1890s; the great General Strike of 1917; unions on the waterfront; ...

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Equal pay for equal work

This collection of 22 resources focuses on the struggle to achieve equal pay in Australia. The collection is organised in eight categories - less pay for women; less pay for Indigenous Australians; leaders in the struggle; the Victorian tailoresses' strike of 1882-83; the Torres Strait pearl divers' strike of 1936; the ...

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November Victory, 1955: 'A fair go for the working people'

This clip from a black-and-white narrated and dramatised 1955 documentary by the Waterside Workers' Federation (WWF) Film Unit, shows the WWF 1954 campaign to unite workers and the public behind their fight against the 1954 amendments to the 1949 Stevedoring Act. Waterside workers' wives support the cause by packing food ...

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Friends and Enemies, 1987: Unity is strength

This clip shows Queensland Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen at a press interview, telling workers not to be intimidated by their union during a strike at the South East Queensland Electricity Board (SEQEB). This is followed by footage of unionists handing out leaflets, a band playing and shots of supporters in a stadium applauding ...

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Women unionists marching on Black Friday during the Brisbane General Strike, 1912

This is a black-and-white photograph of an orderly procession of women walking four or five abreast past Brisbane's Treasury Building in the city centre on 2 February 1912, a day that became known as 'Black Friday'. The majority of the women appear to be dressed in their best and wearing hats for the occasion. Several horsedrawn ...

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Freed unionist shearers following the 1891 Shearers' Strike, 1893

This is a black-and-white poster showing 13 shearers who had been jailed in 1891 during the central Queensland Shearers' Strike. Across the top of the poster, in large letters, is printed 'FREEDOM WITHOUT DISHONOUR' and 'UNIONIST PRISONERS'. The poster goes on to identify each man individually as having been sentenced at ...

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Troopers at Dagworth Station, c1894

This is a black-and-white photograph of a group of nine men, some uniformed, standing in front of a large corrugated iron shed on Dagworth Station north-west of Winton, possibly during the 1894 Shearers' Strike. Three are uniformed troopers, while the other six men could be station workers, shearers or even owners. The ...

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The Painters and Dockers Strike, 1976

This black-and-white clip shows striking workers at various locations in Sydney, including the Garden Island Dockyard, during the 1976 Federated Ship Painters and Dockers Union (FSPDU) strike. The clip begins with a unionist ballad and scenes of the strikers and the docks. Next the strikers are seen gathering for a meeting ...

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A Big Country - On the Hook, 1976: The hungry mile

This clip shows scenes of the working conditions of the waterside workers in the 1970s, comparing them with scenes from a film illustrating the working conditions of the waterside workers in the 1930s. It opens with scenes of workers on the wharves in the 1970s followed by dramatised black-and-white footage from the Waterside ...

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A Big Country - On the Hook, 1976: ‘They look after you down here’

This clip shows the effect of mechanisation on the working conditions of wharf labourers in the 1970s with footage of overhead cranes, containers being lifted on and off ships and interviews with men who are seen attaching crane hooks to offload cargo. Some close-ups show a man's hand operating controls on a large machine ...

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November Victory, 1955

This black-and-white narrated and dramatised clip from a 1955 documentary made by the Waterside Workers' Federation (WWF) Film Unit recounts the story of the waterside workers' victory in rendering the 1954 amendment to the Stevedoring Act of 1949 unworkable. Scenes show the Bill's signing, the WWF leader Jim Healy speaking, ...

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Pensions For Veterans, 1953: 'The price of profit'

This black-and-white narrated clip from a 1953 documentary produced by the Waterside Workers' Federation (WWF) Film Unit highlights excerpts from a 1945 medical report on the health of waterside workers. It also shows scenes that reveal past and present dangers of working on the waterfront. Footage depicts men straining ...

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The Bones of Building, 1956: 'This scaffolding’s safe'

This black-and-white narrated clip from a 1956 safety film produced by the Waterside Workers' Federation (WWF) Film Unit for the Building Workers Industrial Union depicts a dramatised sequence of a building site accident and its aftermath in order to draw attention to the dangers of ignoring union workplace safety advice. ...

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The 1864 eight-hour day demonstration

This is a black-and-white print that shows the eight-hour day demonstration entering the Zoological Gardens (now the Royal Melbourne Zoo) in Melbourne, Victoria. The large procession of people, some carrying banners and flags, can be seen in the background, while in the foreground, several spectators including a few policemen ...

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'The great Mt Dromedary strike', c1898

This is a black-and-white photograph, taken by William Henry Corkhill (1846-1936), of 25 striking miners clustered on the veranda of a Mount Dromedary Gold Mining Company building. They probably constitute a picket line, or a delegation representing other miners. The men all wear hats, heavy trousers, boots and light-coloured ...

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Excerpt from an interview with Gladys Joyce, 1997 - asset 1

This is an excerpt (approximately 2 minutes) from a 1997 oral history interview with Gladys Joyce, in which she relates memories of her time as a secretary to Prime Minister John Curtin from 1941 to 1945.