Public sector strike

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Public sector strike

By Geoff Spencer

MELBOURNE — There was a 70-80% stay-away rate of Public Sector Union members here during the strike on October 25.

Picket lines were set up at all major public service offices in the city (ATO, Customs, DEET, DSS, DVA) and a number of suburban centres. Pickets in the city centre were well attended, with around a dozen or more PSU members on each picket. At the Customs picket, a department not known for its militancy, there were 15 workers on the line.

Reports from the picket lines indicate they were effective in turning a number of people away from work. Active unionists were able to use the opportunity to recruit members to the PSU.