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22 February - Premier Murray intervenes

On 22 February, Victorian Premier John Murray offered to hold a conference between representatives of the Agricultural Implement Makers’ Union (AIMU) and employers. Murray had no legal power to force a resolution to the strike but was anxious to end the dispute to prevent further losses in production and wages.

Murray’s proposed conference never eventuated but his actions helped persuade Prime Minister Andrew Fisher to intervene.

Premier John Murray
Premier John Murray
Victorian Parliamentary Library

Excerpt from the Melbourne Argus, 22 February 1911

Excerpt from the Melbourne Argus newspaper on 22 February 1911 titled Harvester strike, Premier intervenes
National Library of Australia
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