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Documents - Equal wages, 1963-66

Page 1 of 4 This leaflet produced by the Equal Wages for Aborigines committee shows Aboriginal workers marching in Darwin on May Day 1964.

'The facts on wage discrimination'

Box 28, Folder 8, Barry Christophers papers, 1951-1981, MS7992, National Library of Australia, Canberra

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The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) resolved to end wage discrimination at its 1963 Congress. Nine unions sponsored this leaflet encouraging people to protest to both Commonwealth and Northern Territory governments.

'There must be an end to wage discrimination', ACTU

Box 11, Folder 8, Council for Aboriginal Rights (Vic.) Papers, MS 12913, State Library of Victoria

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The Aboriginal weekly wage of three pounds three shillings and three pence a week - about one fifth of the wage paid to other workers.

Equal wages campaign petition, 1965

Barry Christophers Papers, 1951-1981, MS7992/8, National Library of Australia, Canberra

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Page 1 of 2 This article is not signed but is most likely by Barry Christophers. It argues that from political, moral, scientific, legal, medical, Christian and trade union points of view Aboriginal workers should receive equal pay.

Equal wages campaign: 'A matter of such obvious importance'

Eric Wicks (ed), Smoke Signals, Victorian Aborigines Advancement League, April-June 1965, pp. 15 & 17

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This leaflet was circulated following the Arbitration Commission's judgment in favour of equal wages, which could be deferred for three years. Readers were invited to contribute money to the campaign supporting the strikers.

'He been treat me fella like a dog alla time', 1966

Box 175, Gordon Bryant Papers, MS8256/11, National Library of Australia

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Page 1 of 4 The North Australian Workers Union backed the argument for equal wages being paid to Aborigines immediately rather than in three years.

'The Aboriginal and the cattleman', North Australian Workers Union

Barry Christophers Papers, MS 7992/6/5 National Library of Australia, Canberra

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