NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
19th August, 1917 : Strikes and union bans are delaying the movement of relief supplies to the war front and causing food shortages in Australia. The Government has developed emergency plans to maintain essential food supplies. The disruption began on August 2, over a plan to monitor the output of workers in the New South Wales Railways. Thousands of men, mainly from the country, have volunteered to keep essential supplies moving.
[ Long, sad history of trade unionism in Australia]