In this short memoir Tony Evans reflects on Laurie Carmichael and Jim Baird. Baird and Carmichael worked closely and with other officials of the union to develop the research and bargaining strategy that would be presented to members. The research usually included information collected from shop steward meetings and surveys.
Tony Evans is a veteran union activist, now retired, and a South Australian. Tony was (is) a multi-union and multi-industry union "mindful militant". Laurie Carmichael pushed him into union roles that involved "active research". He wanted to and was required to work with union delegates and members to produce information that could be used in consultations and confrontations with governments and employers about jobs in the manufacturing industry.
In this Laurie Carmichael joins with other union leaders in a 1966 seminar organised by the ACTU to discuss automation.
This excerpt from Laurie emphasises the impact of automation on wages and wage relativities, wages policy and bargaining.
This may well be one of the first of such discussions among Australian unions.