december / 24


24th December, 1964 : Nearly 1,500 miners employed by Mount Isa Mines in Queensland today defied a State Government-declared state of emergency and refused to resume normal production at the mines. The men, members of the Australian Workers’ Union, voted unanimously against complying with the state of emergency. “Jail one, and you jail the lot,” was how one miner summed up the workers’ reaction. Under the emergency declaration, it is an offence for anyone to incite or in any way attempt to prevent workers complying with the state of emergency. The Mount Isa miners are demanding higher bonus payments and have been working to reduced outputs for the past 16 weeks, and are loosing about £40,000 a week in wages.

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