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The 1946 meat strike in Queensland : a regional perspective

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Gordon StewartGordon Stewart, Bradley BowdenBradley Bowden
While the export meat industry has long played a central role in both the Queensland economy and its pattern of industrial relations, studies of the industry have largely focused on events around Brisbane. This article will attempt to remedy this lack of a regional perspective through its analysis of the 1946 meat strike in the city of Rockhampton. It will highlight the historical signifigance of export meatworkers in Rockhampton, while similtaneously highlighting how industrial events at Lakes Creek during 1946 provide an intriguing insight into the unity and the division of a workforce. During the course of the 1946 strike, one particular group of meatworkers attempted to organise themselves into a separate representative industrial organisation - the Central Queensland Meat Employees' Union. It will be argued that the tendancy of previous studies th characterise meat workers as either 'militant' or 'conservative' is over-simplistic.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

12

Issue

1

Start Page

19

End Page

42

Number of Pages

24

ISSN

1039-6993

Location

Penrith South, NSW

Publisher

Group Researching Organisations, Work, Employment and Skills (GROWES)

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

International Journal of Employment Studies.

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Exports