The Nymboida experiment described more fully below directly inspired follow-up militant miners' actions, including an 'invasion' of Canberra, as Common Cause termed it, to demand unemployment benefits for locked-out miners, and other work-in tactics.
In the late 1970s, white-collar workers organized in the Administrative and Clerical Officers' Association and employed in the federal Department of Social Security staged a series of work-ins. In 1980, they decided against a 'traditional work-in' and instead backed up their demand for improved staffing levels with a two-year long refusal to recover overpayments made to social security recipients, which cost the federal government many millions of dollars.
To do so, it interrogates Australian workers' control experiments during the 1970s, focusing on three case-studies: the Sydney Opera House work-in of April-May 1972; the Whyalla Glove Factory sit-in of November 1972 and formation of a workers' co-operative that lasted until September 1973; and the Nymboida mine work-in and takeover under workers' and union control from February 1975 to August 1979.
A week before the work-in commenced, the Australian newspaper reported, under the headline of 'WORKERS "FORCED" SHORT WEEK', that builders labourers employed at the Opera House had threatened to dismantle the revolving stage if they were not granted their pay demand.
(22) Owens and John Wallace, another of the organizers involved, wrote an informative account of the work-in experience, appropriately called Workers Call the Tune at Opera House.
Even without late patients or work-ins
, continuous scheduling can be inefficient in high-volume offices because the workload tends to pile up toward the end of each hour as new patients arrive and you struggle to keep up.