A few rough reds: stories of rank and file organising

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

Book CategoryEdited book
ERA Publisher ID4624
EditorsAlexander, Hal and Griffiths, Phil
Number of Pages151
Year2003
PublisherAustralian Society for the Study of Labour History
Place of PublicationCanberra, Australia
ISBN0909944083
Web Address (URL)http://roughreds.com/onepdf/rough_reds1.pdf
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.

Keywordssocial politics, trade unionism, activism, rank and file workers
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020441013. Sociology of migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism
441005. Social theory
Public Notes

© Australian Society for the Study of Labour History,
Canberra Region Branch, and authors.

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