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The Victorian railways strike of 1950: a study in public sector enterprise bargaining before its time
journal contributionposted on 2016-01-01, 00:00 authored by Geoffrey RobinsonGeoffrey Robinson
From 16 October to 8 December 1950 Victorian members of the Australian Railways Union (ARU) and the Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Enginemen (AFULE) stopped work. This was the longest railway strike in Victorian history. This article draws on the records of the Victorian railways and unions to explain this unusual strike in which for a time Labor ‘true believers’, Communists and even railways management found a common foe in the Australian arbitration system.