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gelatin silver photograph
13.8 × 20.8 cm (image)
inscribed in fibre-tipped pen on reverse u.r.: F. Stella Tassone
typed on accompanying paper label: Migrant women workers are concentrated in jobs that / cause tenosinovitis and over-use injuries: / “A migrant woman had worked at a Melbourne factory for / 14 years. There was a quota in the factory which she / obsessively competed against herself to exceed. The / nett result was tenosinovitis in her shoulder, elbow / wrist, hand and thumb. She repeatedly attended doctors / for four years and was under constant threat of being / sacked because she was continually off the job with / tenosinovitis. / At that time (1977-78) insurance companies refused to / recognise tenosinovitis as an industry-related problem. / They denied her claim, stating that the pain was caused / by her large breasts and the fact that she was wearing / the wrong type of bra! The union continued to fight / the case and the woman finally went off the job 1½ years / ago with compensation. She was then subjected to such / severe pressure from her husband to return to the job / ...2
typed on accompanying paper label: STELLA TASSONE (contd) / that she began to feel guilty for not working and put / her doctor under pressure to clear her. She was back on / the job for four hours when she found she could not / continue, and was forced to return to the doctor for / another certificate. / This made her ineligible on the original claim, cutting / out her compensation payments. The union then had to / go through the process of trying to get her compensation / payments back, which it has been unable to do, and is at / present awaiting a court hearing.” (Helen Davies, / Organiser, A.M.W.S.U.) / STELLA TASSONE came from Italy in 1956 / and has worked for twenty years in / factories.
Accession Number
Australian Photography
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1984
© Viv Méhes
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Gallery location
Not on display