It's 40 years since the start of the bitter and bloody wide combs dispute

Vernon Graham
By Vernon Graham
May 13 2020 - 8:00pm
REBEL WITH A CAUSE: Gun shearer, Robert White, from Mandurama, refused to bow to union pressure and violence and kept using wide combs.

Today marks the start of the bitter four-year wide comb dispute which helped change the industrial balance of power in Australia by seriously weakening compulsory unionism in the workforce.

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Vernon Graham

Vernon Graham

National machinery and property writer

Former editor of The Land, former Fairfax Media Agricultural Editor

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