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March 17, 1948


Striking railway workers in Queensland, Australia, march on St. Patrick’s Day from the Trades Hall in Brisbane and are brutally attacked by hundreds of uniformed and plainclothes police. Two days later, 20,000 workers from other unions rallied in solidarity in King George Square. The strike ended on April 1 with backdated wage increases.

January 18, 1912


Tramway workers trying to organize in Brisbane, Australia, are fired for wearing their union badges to work in defiance of a management ban. That night, 10,000 people rallied in support of the workers and by the end of the month, 43 unions in the city were out on Queensland’s first general strike, which lasted five weeks.

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