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From the Archives, 1965: Melbourne runs dry as beer dispute drags on

Negotiations between the unions and Carlton and United Breweries Ltd. are deadlocked.

The unions claim only one person with the authority to deal with the dispute is the company’s general manager (Mr. R. F. G. Fogarty), and Mr. Fogarty refuses to meet union deputations.

The decision to extend the stoppage to Monday was made at a meeting of the trades Hall Council disputes committee yesterday afternoon.

All workers at the brewery, the only one in Victoria, are involved in the strike.

The assistant secretary of the Trades hall Council (Mr. K. Stone) said yesterday’s meeting of the committee had been adjourned until 11.30 a.m. on Monday, while he sought a further conference with Mr. Fogarty.

Victoria Bitter can, 1958.

Victoria Bitter can, 1958.Credit:Paul Percival

Near Drought

As moves to extend the strike were made, supplies of draught beer, bottles and cans were nearing exhaustion in many city and suburban hotels.

A few city hotels were reported to have run out of beer yesterday afternoon.

The State president of the Australian Hotels Association (Mr. J. E. Kellway) predicted that by tomorrow afternoon most hotels would have no beer – draught, bottles or cans.

Some country hotels, which had received their normal weekly delivery late last week, might be able to last until next Monday or Tuesday, he said.

Many hotelkeepers yesterday began rationing bottle beer sales, and others eked out their draught beer by serving only bottle beer in hotel bars during certain hours of the day.

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