A few rough reds: stories of rank and file organising

Alexander, Hal and Griffiths, Phil, eds. (2003) A few rough reds: stories of rank and file organising. Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, Canberra Region Branch, Canberra, ACT, Australia. ISBN 0909944083

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Abstract

These stories are inspiring accounts of working class activism guided by a serious commitment to socialist politics. In fact, one of the great sub-texts of this volume is the way that strong rank and file trade union organisation provided a space for the most oppressed — Aboriginal people, people with leprosy, Chinese seafarers — to stand up and fight for their rights. It also provided space and resources to support those fighting their national oppression in East Timor. This is not to say that strong, political trade unionism meant an end to racism and sexism; they are ideological weapons too powerful for the ruling class to easily give up. But in these stories you can see the potential for really challenging them.


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Item Type: Book (Commonwealth Reporting Category A)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, Canberra Region Branch, and authors.
Depositing User: Mrs Greta Mula
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Economics and Resource Management
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2010 10:22
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: social politics, trade unionism, activism, rank and file workers
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160806 Social Theory
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9405 Work and Institutional Development > 940599 Work and Institutional Development not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/6074

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