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Jack Heffernan interviewed by Richard Raxworthy in the Labor Council of New South Wales oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 572904
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Heffernan, Jack, 1916-, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Written permission of the Labour Council of New South Wales required for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1988 July 27-1988 Aug. 2 
8 sound reels : 3 3/4 ips., mono. ; 5 in. 
Series

Labor Council of New South Wales oral history project.

Summary

Mr Heffernan, Secretary of the Sheet Metal Workers' Union of Australia, talks of his early life; his trainee apprenticeship; working conditions; experiences as delegate; change to machinery; pattern making; involvement in the NSW Management Committee; Communist Party involvement in the Union; joining the ALP; Tom Wright; Management Committee; working in the Union office; industrial democracy; Chifley government; coal strike; expulsion from the ALP; conciliation and arbitration in the 1940s and 1950s; Evatt; his NSW ALP left steering committee; his readmission to the ALP; industrial groups; ballots; strengths and weaknesses of the ALP; his relations with Laurie Short; nationalization of banking; AICD; peace movement; factions within the ALP; hospital boards; socialist alternative pamphlet; BLF and green bans; cooperation between metal unions; demarcation issues; union officials; Whitlam government; penal clauses; equal pay for women; improvements to the arbitration system; TUTA; shipbuilding industry; effect of union work on family and social life.

Notes

Part of a collection of interviews with former and present trade union leaders, produced as a joint project by the Labor Council of New South Wales and the National Library of Australia.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Transcript available: (148 p.) 
Subjects Heffernan, Jack, 1916- -- Interviews.  |  Sheet Metal Workers Union of Australia. -- History.  |  Labor unions -- Metal workers -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  New South Wales -- Social conditions.
Other authors/contributors Raxworthy, Richard, 1932-2003, Interviewer  |  Labor Council of New South Wales

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