To maintain its exceptional industrial role, the Council will certainly need all the skills that enabled its ancestors to give Broken Hill its own largely successful labour relations system. “Before, we meet with members of the Chamber of Commerce and the hospital to make deals, now we meet with lawyers and lawyers.” Broken Hill, known as a remote mining town in NSW, has a history of strikes and labour disputes dating back to 1892. Established in 1923 in Broken Hill as a group of eighteen unions representing miners and commercial workers in the city, the Barrier Industrial Council (BIC) became a powerful political and economic influence from which the Australian labour movement grew. The BIC has reached the 35-hour week for minors as well as compensation for occupational diseases. .