1949 Australian Coal Strike

1949 Australian Coal Strike

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The 1949 Australian coal strike is the first time that Australian military forces were used during peacetime to break a Trade union strike. The strike by 23,000 coal miners lasted for seven weeks, from 27 June 1949 to 15 August 1949, with troops being sent in by the Ben Chifley Federal Labor Government to the open cut coal mines in New South Wales on 28 July 1949, with the workers returning to work defeated two weeks later. The miner's federation was heavily influenced at the time by the Communist Party of Australia (CPA), and the strike is widely seen as the CPA applying Cold War Soviet Union Cominform policy in challenging Labor reformism, and promoting a class conflict to promote communist leadership of the working class struggle at the expense of the Labor Party. The strike was seen as a continuation of the industrial confrontation in the 1948 Queensland Railway strike.show more

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  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 9mm | 231g
  • Dict
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 6136608936
  • 9786136608938