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Shop Committees, Bureaucracies and radical workers in the the flood tide 1968-75

4:15pm Fri 07 Apr

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The late 1960s and early 1970s saw the biggest wave of strikes since the 1940s and the growth of radical currents in the Australian labour movement. Punitive labour laws were smashed by a general strike and real wages soared. Much of this action was powered by rank and file militancy, with union officials often irrelevant or marginal to developments. What explains this upsurge in militancy? How did it shape the politics of the period? And what were some of its limits that proved its undoing when the ruling class went on the attack in the mid-1970s?


Recommended Reading

Marxism and the Crisis in Social History (pp. 31-40)by Alex Callinicosin Essays on Historical Materialism
Reds at the blackboard: Militancy in the Teacher Unionsby Tess Lee Ackin Marxist Left Review
Trade Unionism in Australia: A History from Flood to Ebb Tide - Chapters 2 & 3by Tom Bramblein Cambridge University Press
Fighting anti-union laws: the Clarrie O'Shea strikesby Katie Woodin Marxist Left Review
Today the students tomorrow the workers: Radical student politics and the Australian labour movement 1960 to 1972by Lani Russell
Unions on the shop floorby Kevin Hincein Journal of Industrial Relations 9 (3) 1967
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