Meredith Burgmann's pioneering work on the history of the New South Wales branch of the Australian Builders Labourers' Federation. During the 1960s and 1970s the NSWBLF introduced limited tenure of office for union officials, tied officials' pay to the minimum industry wage, introduced highly democratic forms of decision-making, and pursued militant industrial tactics. The union was also notable for its aggressive support of other social groups, most notably through the placing of "Green Bans" where members prevented work from taking place on environmentally or socially destructive projects.
Chapters 1-12 deal primarily with the period 1970-1974 when the NSWBLF was at the height of its industrial power and radicalism. The appendixes cover the period from 1950-1970 when rank and file workers struggled to democratise the union and wrest control from the corrupt right-wing forces that then held power.
Introduction (3.42 MB)
Chapter 2 - the old concept of unionism (1.04 MB)
Chapter 3 - the 1970 margins strike (10.17 MB)
Chapter 4 - 1970 (8.51 MB)
Chapter 5 - 1971 (13.4 MB)
Appendix B - consolidation (1961-1969) (8.12 MB)
Conclusion (8.69 MB)
Chapter 12 - revolutionary unionism. (2.51 MB)
Chapter 11 - the syndicalist tradition (3.18 MB)
Chapter 9 - women in the industry (5.9 MB)
Chapter 8 - 1974 (14.44 MB)
Chapter 7 - 1973 (10.44 MB)
Chapter 6 - 1972. (10.09 MB)