Australia: 1966 Aboriginal Stockmen's Strike
Date Written:  2016-08-26
Publisher:  Australian Spartacist
Year Published:  2016
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX19935

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the courageous Aboriginal stockmen's strike at the Wave Hill cattle station in the Northern Territory (NT). On 23 August 1966, head stockman Vincent Lingiari led 200 workers out on strike against the appalling conditions under which they were forced to live and work. They walked off with their families to a nearby welfare settlement and later set up camp at Daguragu (also known as Wattie Creek). This strike by Aboriginal workers for equal pay and conditions, and protesting the abusive treatment of Aboriginal women, provided an opportunity for class-struggle unity between Indigenous and white workers.

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