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John Ducker interviewed by Richard Raxworthy in the Labor Council of New South Wales oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 2095204
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Ducker, John, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Written permission required from the Labor Council of New South Wales for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1988 June 30 
5 sound tape reels : 3 3/4 ips., mono. ; 5 in. 
Series

Labor Council of New South Wales oral history project.

Summary

Mr Ducker, former Secretary of the Federated Ironworkers' Association of Australia, speaks about his early life and education at Hull; early employment; migration to Australia; working as an ironworker; becoming minutes secretary of the Ironworkers' Union; working conditions; strikes; migrants ; joining the union; industrial groups; DLP; ALP Youth council; Young Labor issues; groupers in Young Labor; joining the Catholic Church; move to the Labor council; working for the Ironworkers' Union; conditions; Laurie Short; Harry Harold; Maurie Finnigan; David Ross; Workers Educational Association; relations with Hawke; Labor Council meetings; styles of chairpersons; his role as Assistant Secretary; selection of Wran for leader of the ALP; left and right pubs; winning trust; generation gap; plumbers' nine-week strike; Coca Cola Bottlers, Kingsgrove; Labor Council meetings; reasons for leaving the Secretaryship; green bans; Jack Mundey; Atlantean buses; ACTU; Edgar Williams; Hawke; Workskill; changes to hospital boards; experiences on the ALP executive; Whitlam's government; Fraser; nuclear energy; resignation from leadership of the ALP; Unsworth; reasons for going on the Legislative Council; bill to alter electoral boundaries; caucus in the ALP; his directorships; Qantas; Public Service Board; Arbitration court hearings.

Notes

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Transcript available: (93 p.) 
Subjects Ducker, John -- Interviews.  |  Federated Ironworkers' Association of Australia -- History.  |  Labor unions -- Iron and steel workers -- New South Wales.  |  New South Wales -- Social conditions.
Other authors/contributors Raxworthy, Richard, 1932-2003, Interviewer  |  Labor Council of New South Wales

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