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The Communist Party of Australia and the Unions in the 1940 and 1950s

10:00am Fri 07 Apr

About this session

At the end of World War II, the Communist Party of Australia led many big trade unions. This was also a time of major strikes across a range of industries. While the media blamed the strikes on the Communists, the CPA was not necessarily in the vanguard of the movement. It tailored its approach in part to the needs of Stalin's dictatorship in Russia. This talk explains the role of the CPA in the class struggle at this time, and how this changed as the Cold War heated up.


Recommended Reading

Trade Unionism in Australia: A History from Flood to Ebb Tide - Chapter 1by Tom Bramblein Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 2008
The Fight for Workers' Power: Revolution and Counter-Revolution in the 20th Century - Chapter 15by Tom Bramble and Mick Armstrongin Interventions
Mindful Militants: The Amalgamated Engineering Union in Australia, 1920-72by Tom Sheridanin Cambridge University Press
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