Post–World War II demobilization strikes
Long-serving Australian military personnel at Morotai
protesting in December 1945 about delays in their repatriation to Australia and demobilization. 4,500 men took part in the protest.
"We have done the job we joined up to do. Now we want to get back home, both for personal reasons and because we think it is by work that we can best help Britain. No indication has been given of when we will see our families again. Is it because the government wishes to talk tough with other powers?"
Some brigades in India were disbanded as they were viewed as "politically unreliable" suggesting that in event of being used to put down disturbances they would have refused.
demanded to know whether the new Labour government thought there was any difference between a strike and a mutiny. Some 'agitators' or strike leaders
were jailed, but public pressure through MPs led to their early release or reduction in sentences.
- ^ Lessons of the Post-WW2 US Soldiers' Movement: the Strikes of 1945-1946 by David May Archived 2008-01-13 at the Wayback Machine
- ^ Fyrth, Jim. A Indian Landscape 1944-46. Socialist History Society Occasional Papers. London, 2001.
- ^ http://www.jcc.org.uk/news/gazette/113.htmlArchived 2007-10-06 at the Wayback Machine The RAF Strike - India, 1946, John Carpenter Club Gazette (Journal of the City of London Old Boys Association)
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