secretary, Mike Grey interview, 25 October 1995.
This gave the FEDFA members the same wages as those covered by the Commonwealth Arbitration Court decision except that the rates were on a daily rather than a weekly basis.
Although the FEDFA managed to obtain award coverage, they represented only a small proportion of EZ's workforce.
On Federated Engine Drivers and Firemens Association of Australasia see Malcolm McDonald, FEDFA
: A Victorian Branch History, 1907-2005, Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, Melbourne, 2005; Mark Westcott, 'One of the boys or the common good?
Having successfully legally removed the representational rights of the militant FEDFA, thereby shoring up the membership of the conservative AWU, the company then commenced to undermine the position of unionism generally at Weipa.
The industrial action was organised, not by the AWU, which had provided no leadership to the workforce throughout the company's de-collectivist campaign, but rather, by the more militant CFMEU, whose members (previously members of the FEDFA) had refused to join the AWU despite being directed to by the Commission.