When renters fought back: the anti-eviction struggles of the 1930s11:45am Sat 30 Mar
About this session
At the height of the Great Depression, eviction was a constant threat for working-class people. By 1932 the unemployment rate had reached 29 percent, with no sign of economic recovery on the horizon. Abandoned by the system, workers organised to resist eviction and fight for tenant protection. The Communist Party-led Unemployed Workers' Movement showed the way, organising direct militant direct action to keep working class people in their homes, and eventually won a moratorium on evictions in NSW. This talk will explore the relevant lessons of this struggle as we face a new housing crisis.