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Waitresses' strike - Refreshment Services Branch (1925)

From
11 September 1925
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
To
c. 13 September 1925
Occupations
Industrial action

Summary

On Friday, 11 September 1925 in response to the statement made about them by retired naval officer Captain Oswald Carter, the waitresses of the Refreshment Services Branch of the Victorian Railways went on strike. Carter held a senior post in the railways and reported to the chief of the Refreshment Services Branch that he found [the staff] 'lazy, dirty and unmanageable'. He further added: 'I propose to get in touch with the Immigration Authorities with a view to ascertaining the possibilities of getting suitable servants. I do not think that girls from Melbourne are likely to give satisfaction.'

The waitresses demanded an apology and went on strike until they received one. The male leaders of the Australian Railways Union - Victorian Branch commenced negotiations on behalf of their members and after two days a satisfactory settlement with management was arranged when an apology was obtained.

Details

Events

11 September 1925 - c. 13 September 1925
The Refreshment Services Branch waitresses of the Victorian Railways went on strike.

Sources used to compile this entry: Butler-Bowdon, Eddie, In the service? : a history of Victorian Railways workers and their union, Hyland House, South Yarra, Vic., 1991, 180 pp.

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Archival resources

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • Australian Railways Union, Victorian Branch, 1887 - 1975, 79/130; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

Anne Heywood

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