On 15 May 1969, union leader Clarrie O’Shea was jailed for refusing to allow the industrial court access to his union’s accounts. The Tramways Union had been fined under the penal powers, the coercive sections of the Arbitration Act, for taking industrial action.
The strikes that followed, with around one million workers taking part, were a historic victory for the working class. This session will explore the lessons from this struggle for today.
Katie Wood - Beating anti-union laws: the Clarrie O’Shea strike