John Peter Maynes OAM, who died in April, was a leading member of the anti-communist forces within in the Australian labour movement. Commencing activity in the 1940s, he later became national president of the Federated Clerks Union (FCU). He also became the chief industrial officer of the Movement, later the National Civic Council (NCC). Born in 1923 in the inner Melbourne suburb of Clifton Hill, he attended Christian Brothers College in East Melbourne. His Catholic background helped in his response to the communist challenge emerging in the trade union movement. In The Split, Robert Murray begins his analysis of that…
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