Newsletter - 1 April

By Janey Stone - Monday 25th May

When the going gets tough Interventions gets going. Or something like that. Our latest book is out and you can now buy it – order on-line and it will be posted to you.

 

Without Bosses by Sam Oldham.

 

You can buy this book on-line at Red Flag Books https://shop.redflag.org.au/

 

Use the time while stuck at home to be inspired by radical actions from the past. Order a copy today!

 

‘The book demonstrates that labour militancy and the practice of worker control is not an antediluvian form drawn from the early 20th century, but a compelling force in more recent times with a powerful legacy in the present… activists in the present should take heart in the fact that the urge for workers’ power is never far from the surface.’ - Immanuel Ness

 

Without Bosses gives a fascinating insight into radical currents that developed in Australian trade unionism during the 1970s. In those years of radicalism and social movements, rank-and-file trade unionists pushed the boundaries of action, in some cases setting global precedents. Trail-blazing actions include the mass strike action against the penal powers in 1969, and the famous green bans of the Builders Labourers’ Federation in the following years. The book also details less well known but fascinating experiments with self-management and workers’ control. At factories, coal mines, and building sites across the country, workers ‘sacked’ their managers and supervisors, took over their workplaces and ran them without bosses. These diverse strains of worker activism were a radical departure from the traditionally recognised activities of trade unions. Without Bosses overflows with incredible and inspiring stories from a critically important period in Australian history. For anyone interested in labour history, left-wing ideas, and the power of unions, it is required reading.

 

Keeping the Red Flag Flying by John Percy (ed Allen Myers) is also available from Red Flag Books and Gleebooks.

 

You can also buy Interventions books at Gleebooks in Sydney, New Morning Books in Adelaide and at New Editions, Planet Books and Dimocks Midland in Perth.

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