Industry in Australia has lost an estimated 130-million Australian dollars in just over a week through a series of strikes that have brought some of the most severe power restrictions since World War Two.
Industry in Australia has lost an estimated 130-million Australian dollars in just over a week through a series of strikes that have brought some of the most severe power restrictions since World War Two. And to add to the discomfort, the strikes have disrupted supplies of beer to Australia's biggest city -- Sydney -- which has one of the largest per-capita consumptions of beer in the world.
The strikes are concentrated on Sydney. Power station workers are holding out for a thirty-five hour week -- they say they will maintain the strike until their claims are met. At one stage, lack of power threw nearly a million workers out of industry and commerce. Power zoning regulations were introduced as na emergency measure to sustain production.
Householders have been suffering blackouts and are under power restrictions; many vital industries, including the motor car manufacturers, are operating well under capacity.
Brewery drivers went on strike after a colleague was dismissed -- and Sydney's hotels and clubs were hit with a near-record "dry" spell. Thousands of kegs, cans and bottles of beer were freighted from Melbourne to relieve the situation. The breweries strike ended on Monday. (2 July)
Waterside workers on the Sydney wharves walked off the job in an inter-union dispute with transport drivers; thousands of tons of cargo -- including cars, grain, machinery and container goods -- are awaiting shipment.