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The Gold Coast Bulletin - - OPINION -

GOLD COAST BULLETIN Thurs­day June 28, 1984

AL­BERT Shire Coun­cil bluecol­lar work­ers over­whelm­ingly re­jected strike ac­tion in sup­port of a six-month cam­paign for bet­ter con­di­tions.

Work­ers de­manded a 38hour week and nine-day fort­nights but 200 men voted against the ac­tion and called for fur­ther talks with the coun­cil.

This came de­spite a warn­ing from union of­fi­cials that talks had reached an im­pass­able dead­lock.

The vote was taken dur­ing a stop-work at the Nerang ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing to con­sider strik­ing along­side at least eight other shires across the state.

Heated de­bate lasted for 30 min­utes dur­ing which one worker took the mi­cro­phone and pleaded with col­leagues to con­sider fam­i­lies and fi­nances.

This plea led to the strike ac­tion be­ing de­feated as well as a fur­ther pro­posal to each give $5 a fort­night to help sup­port the fam­i­lies of two sacked Lo­gan coun­cil work­ers.

Australian Work­ers’ Union South Coast or­gan­iser Ge­orge Am­sens said work­ers were heav­ily di­vided.

“That is very un­for­tu­nate for your­selves, not for us,” he said.

“It is a shame you can­not pull to­gether with a few ideas and sup­port the cam­paign. This coun­cil … is de­lib­er­ately split­ting those unions in­volved.”

Mean­while, the Syd­ney City Bal­let com­pany ar­rived on the Gold Coast to tour. The show took place at footy clubs and RSLs.

Artis­tic direc­tor Mar­i­lyn Jones and chore­og­ra­pher Ray Pow­ell told the Bulletin that au­di­ences in Syd­ney had wel­comed the clas­si­cal com­pany, in­clud­ing lo­ca­tions such as St Ge­orge Leagues Club.

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