Green Bans, Red Union: Environmental Activism and the New South Wales Builders Labourers' Federation
At the height of the building industry boom in the 1970s a remarkable campaign stopped billions of dollars worth of indiscriminate development that was turning Australian cities into concrete jungles. Enraging employers and politicians but delighting many in the wider community, the members of the New South Wales Builders Labourers' Federation risked their jobs in order to preserve buildings, bush and parkland.
Green Bans, Red Union documents the development of a union that took a stand on a number of social issues. Apart from the green bans movement, union members also used their industrial power to defend the rights of oppressed groups, such as Aborigines, women and homosexuals. In telling the colourful story that inspired many environmentalists and ordinary citizens - and gave the word 'green' an entirely new meaning - Meredith Burgmann and Verity Burgmann open a window on a period when Australian workers led the world in innovative and stunningly effective forms of environmental protest.
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Kellys Bush the scene of Sydneys first green ban
The preconditions for radical unionism
Mick McNamara with Arthur Calwell 196t
The greening of the union
Protest outside Gallaghers office November 1973
A NEW CONCEPT OF UNIONISM
ABLF Federal Executive 1970
Margins strike march 1970
PREVENTING THE PLUNDER
Battlers for Kellys Bush secretariat
Residents inspect plans for Woolloomooloo
Cartoon by George Molnar
Builders labourers preventing scabs breaking The Rocks green ban 1973
Mick Fowler at antiGallagher rally October 1974
The Glebe Society opposes the Northwestern Expressway 1972
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