The first test of feeling among mine workers at Mount Isa over the declaration of a state of emergency will come in the Western Queensland mining town tomorrow morning.
SLAG HEAP AT MT. ISA MINE
IDLE PIT HEAD
IDLE SMOKE STACKS
PAT MACKIE TALKS TO A.B.C. REPORTER
VARIOUS SHOTS OF PEOPLE
PEOPLE IN STREETS AND SHOPS
AUSTRALIAN WORKERS' UNION
SIGN "MOUNT ISA"
FILM INCLUDES SOF WITH PAT MACKIE
SENT UNCUT TO CATCH AIRCRAFT
SINGAPORE AND NEW ZEALAND SERVICED.
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Background: The first test of feeling among mine workers at Mount Isa over the declaration of a state of emergency will come in the Western Queensland mining town tomorrow morning. The state of emergency was declared by the Queensland Government on Thursday, fifteen weeks after miners at Mount Isa banned contract mining and began working for wages only. The meeting of members of the Australian Workers' Union in Mt. Isa tomorrow will decide if they will agree to this. The mass meeting, which could draw as many as 1,500 members of the A.W.U. to the town's Star Theatre will bring into the open a clash between the two factions. One represents the official line. The other is a breakaway group led by a Mount Isa miner, Mr. Pat Mackie, who's been expelled from the A.W.U. and dismissed from Mount Isa Mines.