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Trade Unionism

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Political Movement and Social Phenomenon
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  • Unionism

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Trade unions were first formed in Sydney and Hobart in the 1820s, with Melbourne and Adelaide following in the 1830s. These unions were craft-unions, societies of workers who practiced the same craft. They had small memberships and were dependent on the economic climate, often emerging during times of prosperity and disappearing again during recessions. These early unions focused on wages and on the eight hour day.

The 1880s bore witness to the formation of new industrial unions, which organised workers not by their particular craft but instead by the industry in which they were employed. Union membership peaked at around 200, 000 in 1890, but fell dramtically following the Maritime Strike of 1890 and the depression of that decade.

From this time Unions became increasingly involved in politics - forming labour electoral councils which gave rise to the Australian Labor Party. They benefited from the development of a system of industrial arbitration, and by the 1920s membership rates in Australia had grown to be the highest in the world.

Unions suffered during the depression of the 1930s, with the rise of Communism and the associated alarmist panic.

During the post-war boom a number of gains were made in working conditions, including equal pay for women. The 1980s witnessed the development of the accord between the Labor Governments of Hawke and Keating and the trade union movement through the Australian Council of Trade Unions. This agreement was used to constrain wage rise in exchange for greater levels of employment and social service. The ACTU also encouraged union amalgamation. During this period and subsequently union density has declined.

Resources

Books

  • Industrial Workers of the World: Preamble and Constitution, Industrial Workers of the World, Chicago, 1908. Image PDF Details
  • Workers' International Industrial Union: Constitution and Preamble, Workers' International Industrial Union, Sydney, 1917. Image PDF Details
  • Rebel Songs: A.S.L.F. Song Book, Australian Student Labour Federation, Sydney, 1953. Image PDF Details
  • Be an Active Unionist, Building Workers' Industrial Union of Australia, Sydney, 1961. Image PDF Details
  • Labor Movement at the Crossroads: The Way Forward After the 1963 Elections, Current Book Publications, Sydney, 1964. Image PDF Details
  • The Little Green Book: The Facts On Green Bans, Tomato Press, Sydney, 1974?. Image PDF Details
  • May Day Song Book, Melbourne May Day Committee, Melbourne, May 1990. Image PDF Details
  • "Joe the Bear", Job Control, Workers' International Industrial Union & The Socialist Labor Party, Adelaide, 1928. Image PDF Details
  • Anderson, Norman C., One Big Union For Australia, Will Andrade, Melbourne, 1922. Image PDF Details
  • Childe, Vere Gordon, How labour governs, A study of workers' representation in Australia, 1923 edn, The Labour Publishing Company, London, 188 pp. PDF Details
  • Council for Civil Liberties, Melbourne, Six Acts Against Civil Liberties, Council for Civil Liberties, Melbourne, August 1937. Image PDF Details
  • Gollan, Robin, Radical and working class politics: a study of Eastern Australia, 1850-1910, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1960. PDF Details
  • Judd, E, E., The Case for the O.B.U., Executive of the New South Wales O.B.U. Congress, Sydney, 1919. Image PDF Details
  • Lane, E. H., Dawn to Dusk, SHAPE, Brisbane, 1939. Image PDF Details
  • Orr, W and Nelson, C, Coal; the struggle of the mineworkers, Central Council Miners' Federation, 1930s?. Image PDF Details
  • Patten, John, Ned Kelly's Ghost: The Tottenham I.W.W. and the Tottenham Tragedy, Kate Sharpey Library, London, 1997. Image PDF Details
  • Purchase, Graham, Anarchism & Envrionmental Survival, See Sharp Press [this scan courtesy of Graham Purchase], Tucson, 1994, 85 pp. images PDF Details
  • Scott, Bon & Gary David (eds.), How to Make Trouble and Influence People: A Compilation of Australian pranks, hoaxes and political mischief making, Political Hooligan Publications, Sydney, 1996. Image PDF Details
  • Sharkey, Lance, The trade unions; communist theory and practice of trade unionism, Australian Communist Party, Sydney, September 1942. Image PDF Details
  • The Question Mark Collective, How to Stop Whining and Start Living, Scam Publications, Melbourne, 1998. Image PDF Details
  • Villiers, L. J., War on the workers, Workers' Press, Melbourne, 1918. Image PDF Details

Book Sections

  • Brodney, May, 'The speedy introduction of shorter hours; direct action, arbitration or legislation; classes for 1946', in The forty-hour week, Victorian Labor College, Melbourne, 1946. Image PDF Details

Cartoons

  • 'Non-Unionism / Unionism', The Worker [Sydney] (Sydney), vol. 6, no. 6, 27 February 1897, p. 1. Image PDF Details

Films

  • Peter Gray and Garry Lane, Know Your Friends, Know Your Enemies, Narrated by Max Strong (shop steward) Location Sound by Lou Chin, Peter Gray [this copy courtesy Peter Gray], 1977. Also available at http://vimeo.com/21668006. Details

Fliers

  • Day of Conscience on Conscription for Vietnam War, Monday, November 25, 1968, Victorian Branch of the Metal Trades Federation, Melbourne, November 1968. Image PDF Details
  • We appeal for conscience on conscription – Release John Zarb, Melbourne, November 1968. Image PDF Details
  • Organizations to contact concerning anti-war activity, information, or advice, Melbourne, 1968. Image PDF Details
  • All the way with Clarrie O’Shea/ All Out!! Against Penal Clauses, Revolutionary Action Centre, Sydney, May 1969. images PDF Details
  • Release Clarrie O'Shea, Melbourne, May 1969. images PDF Details
  • Wages in crisis, May (?) 1991. Image PDF Details
  • Rank and File News Collective Invite you to a New Year's Eve Solidarity Party on the Picket, Rank and File News Collective, Melbourne, December 1998. Image PDF Details
  • Borders Workers Need a Union, Industrial Workers of the World, Melbourne, 1998?. Image PDF Details
  • Gallagher, N.L., Release John Cummins Now!, ABCE and BLF; This copy courtesy Viola Wilkins, Melbourne, 19 July, 1990, 1 pp. images PDF Details
  • International Socialists, Support the Sanyo Workers, The Battler, Melbourne, 1978, 1 pp. PDF Details
  • S11 Alliance, Stand up for Global Justice and the Environment, Melbourne, 2000, 1 pp. PDF Details
  • Workers Against War, Workers Against War, Melbourne, 1991, 1 pp. images PDF Details

Journals

  • Communist Review, Central Committee Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, December 1934. Image PDF Details
  • Communist Review, Central Committee Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, November 1935. Image PDF Details
  • Communist Review, May 1935, Central Committee Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, 1935. Image PDF Details
  • Communist Review, Central Committee Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, April 1935. Image PDF Details
  • Communist Review, Central Committee Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, February 1935. Image PDF Details
  • Communist Review, Central Committee Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, December 1935. Image PDF Details
  • Communist Review, Central Committee Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, February 1936. Image PDF Details
  • Communist Review, Central Committee Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, January 1936. Image PDF Details
  • Communist Review, Central Committee Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, March 1936. Image PDF Details
  • Communist Review, Central Committee Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, May 1936. Image PDF Details
  • Communist Review, Central Committee Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, December 1946. Image PDF Details
  • Communist Review, Central Committee Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, September 1946. Image PDF Details
  • Communist Review, Central Committee Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, August 1946. Image PDF Details
  • Communist Review, Central Committee Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, July 1946. Image PDF Details
  • Communist Review, Central Committee Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, June 1946. Image PDF Details
  • Communist Review, Central Committee Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, October 1946. Image PDF Details
  • Communist Review, Central Committee Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, May 1946. Image PDF Details
  • Communist Review, Central Committee Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sdyney, April 1946. Image PDF Details
  • Communist Review, Central Committee Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, March 1946. Image PDF Details
  • Communist Review, Central Committee Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, February 1946. Image PDF Details
  • Communist Review, Central Committee Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, January 1946. Image PDF Details
  • Communist Review, Central Committee Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, January 1947. Image PDF Details
  • Communist Review, Central Committee Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, December 1947. Image PDF Details
  • Communist Review, Central Committee Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, November 1947. Image PDF Details
  • Communist Review, Central Committee Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, October 1947. Image PDF Details
  • Communist Review, Central Committee Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, September 1947. Image PDF Details
  • Communist Review, Central Committee Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, August 1947. Image PDF Details
  • Communist Review, Central Committee Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, July 1947. Image PDF Details
  • Communist Review, Central Committee Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, June 1947. Image PDF Details
  • Communist Review, Central Committee Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, May 1947. Image PDF Details
  • Communist Review, Central Committee Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, February 1947. Image PDF Details
  • Communist Review, Central Committee Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, April 1947. Image PDF Details
  • International: a revolutionary socialist magazine, vol. 7, no. 70, Australian Section of the Fourth International. [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, May/June 1969. Image PDF Details
  • Australian Left Review, no. 47, July 1975. Image PDF Details
  • Frontline: journal of the International Socialists, no. 5, International Socialists [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Melbourne, December 1976. Image PDF Details
  • Socialist Alliance, no. 1, Socialist Alliance [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Melbourne, January 1994. Image PDF Details
  • Socialist Alliance, no. 2, socialist alliance [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Melbourne, April 1994. Image PDF Details
  • Baracchi, Guido (ed.), Communist: a journal for the theory and practice of Marxism, 1925-1926. Image PDF Details
  • Friends of the Earth (ed.), Chain Reaction, no. 35, Friends of the Earth (FoE) Australia. [This scan courtesy of Friends of the Earth, Melbourne], Melbourne, 1984, 40 pp. PDF Details
  • L. L. Sharkey (ed.), Communist Review, no. 53, Communist Party of Australia, Sydney, January 1946. Image PDF Details
  • L. L. Sharkey (ed.), Communist Review, no. 54, Communist Party of Australia, Sydney, February 1946. Image PDF Details
  • L. L. Sharkey (ed.), Communist Review, no. 55, Communist Party of Australia, Sydney, March 1946. Details
  • Sharkey, Lance (ed.), Communist Review 1946-1947, no. 53-76, Communist Party of Australia, Sydney, 1946-1947. Image PDF Details

Journal Articles

  • 'Australians fight coolie rates', The Australian author and artist: official organ of the A.J.A. Authors’ and Artists’ Section, vol. 1, no. 1, Authors and Artists’ Section of the N.S.W. District of the A.J.A.], Sydney, January 1947, p. 1&8. PDF Details
  • 'Nine stone six wringing wet: Ted Bull retires -- end of an era on Melbourne Waterfront', The Independent Australian, vol. 4, no. 1, 1980. Image PDF Details
  • Gollan, R. A., 'Labor History', Bulletin, no. 1, January, 1962. Image PDF Details
  • Plews, Barry, 'Lawson -- lost and found', Bowyang, vol. 3, April 1980, 1980. Image PDF Details

Manifestos

  • Manifesto of the Revolutionary Workers Party (IV International), July 1943. Image PDF Details

Newsletters

  • Treason: for Revolutionary Anarchism, Issue no. 2, [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Melbourne, May, 8 pp. images PDF Details
  • Woman worker, Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], 1928-1929. Image PDF Details
  • Socialist Comment, vol. II, Socialist Party of Australia (I) [This scan courtesy of the Socialist Party of Great Britain], Melbourne, June 1947. Image PDF Details
  • Socialist Comment, vol. II, Socialist Party of Australia (I) [This scan courtesy of the Socialist Party of Great Britain], Melbourne, August 1947. Image PDF Details
  • Viet Protest News, Vietnam Co-ordinating Committee, Melbourne, December 1968. images PDF Details
  • Oppression in Society - Freedom Day: July 4, Association for International Co-operation and Disarmament (AICD), Sydney, June 1970. Image PDF Details
  • Workers' voice; bulletin of the industrial committee of the Communist Party, vol. 1, September 1979. Image PDF Details
  • Treason: For Revolutionary Anarchism, Issue no. 4, [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Melbourne, Spring, 1981, 8 pp. images PDF Details
  • Treason: For Revolutionary Anarchism, Issue no. 3, [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Melbourne, 1981. images PDF Details
  • Treason, Issue no. 1, [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], March, 9 pp. images PDF Details
  • Direct Action: Paper of the Industrial Workers of the World, Industrial Workers of the World, Melbourne, Summer 98/99. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action: Paper of the Industrial Workers of the World, vol. 4, Industrial Workers of the World, Winter 1999. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action: Paper of the Industrial Workers of the World, vol. 4, Industrial Workers of the World, Summer 99/2000. Image PDF Details
  • Ovaries Forever: IWW Sister Workers Newsletter 1999-2000, Industrial Workers of the World, 1999. Image PDF Details
  • Workers Solidarity: Publication of the Melbourne IWW, Industrial Workers of the World, Melbourne, August 1999. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action: Paper of the Industrial Workers of the World, vol. 4, Industrial Workers of the World, Autumn 1999. Image PDF Details
  • Workers Solidarity: Publication of the Melbourne IWW, Industrial Workers of the World, Melbourne, April 1999. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action: Paper of the Industrial Workers of the World, Industrial Workers of the World, Autumn 2000. Image PDF Details
  • Workers Solidarity: Publication of the Melbourne IWW, Industrial Workers of the World, Melbourne, May 2000. Image PDF Details
  • Workers' Liberty, Workers' Liberty, Sydney, November 2001. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action: Paper of the Industrial Workers of the World, Industrial Workers of the World, 2008. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action, Bulletin of the Australian Regional Organising Committee of the Industrial Workers of the World., Industrial Workers of the World - Australian ROC, Albany, Summer 2009-10, 16 pp. PDF Details
  • Gay Trade Unionists' Group, Gay Worker, Gay Trade Unionists' Group [This scan courtesy of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne], 1981. PDF Details

Newspapers

  • Direct Action: Paper of the Industrial Workers of the World, vol. 2, no. 42, Industrial Workers of the World [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, October 23, 1915. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action: Paper of the Industrial Workers of the World, vol. 2, no. 40, Industrial Workers of the World [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, October 9, 1915. image PDF Details
  • Direct Action: Paper of the Industrial Workers of the World, vol. 4, no. 120, Industrial Workers of the World [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, May 5, 1917. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action: Paper of the Industrial Workers of the World, vol. 4, no. 122, Industrial Workers of the World [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, May 19, 1917. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action: Paper of the Industrial Workers of the World, vol. 4, no. 123, Industrial Workers of the World [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, May 26, 1917. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action: Paper of the Industrial Workers of the World, vol. 4, no. 124, Industrial Workers of the World [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, June 2, 1917. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action: Paper of the Industrial Workers of the World, vol. 4, no. 125, Industrial Workers of the World [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, June 9, 1917. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action: Paper of the Industrial Workers of the World, vol. 4, no. 126, Industrial Workers of the World [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, June 16, 1917. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action: Paper of the Industrial Workers of the World, vol. 4, no. 127, Industrial Workers of the World [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, June 23, 1917. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action: Paper of the Industrial Workers of the World, vol. 4, no. 118, Industrial Workers of the World, Sydney, April 21, 1917. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action: Paper of the Industrial Workers of the World, vol. 4, no. 129, Industrial Workers of the World [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, July 7, 1917. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action: Paper of the Industrial Workers of the World, vol. 4, no. 119, Industrial Workers of the World [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, April 28, 1917. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action: Paper of the Industrial Workers of the World, vol. 4, no. 130, Industrial Workers of the World [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, July 14, 1917. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action: Paper of the Industrial Workers of the World, vol. 4, no. 131, Industrial Workers of the World [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, July 21, 1917. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action: Paper of the Industrial Workers of the World, vol. 4, no. 131, Industrial Workers of the World [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, August 4, 1917. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action: Paper of the Industrial Workers of the World, vol. 4, no. 135, Industrial Workers of the World [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, August 18, 1917. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action: An Organ of Industrial Unionism, vol. 1, no. 1, Industrial Union Propaganda League [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, December 1, 1921. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action: Paper of the Industrial Workers of the World, vol. 4, no. 128, Industrial Workers of the World [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, June 30, 1917. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action: Paper of the Industrial Workers of the World, vol. 4, no. 110, Industrial Workers of the World [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, February 24, 1917. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action: Paper of the Industrial Workers of the World, vol. 4, no. 121, Industrial Workers of the World [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, May 12, 1917. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action: Paper of the Industrial Workers of the World, vol. 4, no. 109, Industrial Workers of the World [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, February 17, 1917. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action: Paper of the Industrial Workers of the World, vol. 4, no. 117, Industrial Workers of the World [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, April 14, 1917. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action: Paper of the Industrial Workers of the World, vol. 4, no. 111, Industrial Workers of the World [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, March 3, 1917. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action: Paper of the Industrial Workers of the World, vol. 4, no. 112, Industrial Workers of the World [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, March 10, 1917. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action: Paper of the Industrial Workers of the World, vol. 4, no. 113, Industrial Workers of the World [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, March 17, 1917. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action: Paper of the Industrial Workers of the World, vol. 4, no. 115, Industrial Workers of the World [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, March 24, 1917. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action: Paper of the Industrial Workers of the World, vol. 4, no. 114, Industrial Workers of the World [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, March 24, 1917. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action: Paper of the Industrial Workers of the World, vol. 4, no. 116, Industrial Workers of the World [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, April 7, 1917. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action: An Organ of Industrial Unionism, vol. 1, no. 3, Industrial Union Propaganda League [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, February, 1922. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action 3, no. 3, Socialist Youth Alliance, Sydney, December 1970. Image PDF Details
  • Tribune, no. 1698, March 31, 1971. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action 4, no. 4, Socialist Youth Alliance, Sydney, January 1971. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action 7, no. 7, Socialist Youth Alliance, Sydney, June 1971. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action 6, no. 5, Socialist Youth Alliance, Sydney, March 1971. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action 20, no. 20, Socialist Workers League, Sydney, 22 May 1972. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action 21, no. 21, Socialist Workers League, Sydney, 9 June 1972. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action 15, no. 15, Socialist Workers League, Sydney, 1 March 1972. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action 25, no. 25, Socialist Workers League, Sydney, 24 August 1972. Image PDF Details
  • SPA, Socialist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, April 1972. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action 13, no. 13, Socialist Youth Alliance, Sydney, 17 January 1972. Image PDF Details
  • Battler, Socialist Workers Action Group, Melbourne, 1972-1974. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action 47, no. 47, Socialist Workers League, Sydney, 13 September 1973. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action 50, no. 50, Socialist Workers League, Sydney, 25 October 1973. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action 36, no. 36, Socialist Workers League, Sydney, 22 February 1973. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action 43, no. 43, Socialist Workers League, Sydney, 28 June. Image PDF Details
  • Socialist, Socialist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, May 1974. Image PDF Details
  • 'Rising Free', A paper of libertarian struggle, no. 2, [This scan courtesy of Viola Wilkins], Sydney, April, 8 pp. images PDF Details
  • Battler 1976, International Socialists [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Melbourne, 1976. Image PDF Details
  • 'Rising Free', A paper of libertarian struggle, no. 3, [This scan courtesy of Viola Wilkins], Sydney, May, 8 pp. images pdf Details
  • 'Rising Free', A paper of libertarian struggle, no. 4, [This scan courtesy of Viola Wilkins], Sydney, June, 8 pp. images PDF Details
  • Socialist, Socialist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, 7 November 1979. Image PDF Details
  • Socialist, Socialist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, 5 December 1979. Image PDF Details
  • Battler 1981, International Socialists [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Melbourne, 1981. Image PDF Details
  • Battler 1983, International Socialists [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Melbourne, 1983. Image PDF Details
  • 'Battler 1985', Socialist, International Socialists [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Melbourne, 1985. Image PDF Details
  • Socialist Action 1985, Socialist Action [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Melbourne, Sep - Dec 1985. Image PDF Details
  • Socialist Action 1986, Socialist Action [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Melbourne, 1986. Image PDF Details
  • Socialist 1986, International Socialists [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, 1986. Image PDF Details
  • Socialist Action 1988, Socialist Action [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Melbourne, 1988. Image PDF Details
  • Socialist, no. 245, International Socialist Organisation, Sydney, January 1991. Image PDF Details
  • All Scrap, Anarcho-syndicalist metal workers' publication, no. 1, Dec 1995 - Jan 1996, 9 pp. images PDF Details
  • Angry People, Issues 10-12, no. 10-12, Angry People, 1995-1996, 58 pp. images PDF Details
  • All Scrap, no. 3, June-July 1996, 9 pp. images PDF Details
  • Angry People, Issues 13-14, no. 13-14, Angry People, 1996-1997, 50 pp. images PDF Details
  • All Scrap, Anarcho-syndicalist metal workers' publication, no. 5, April-May, 1997, 9 pp. images PDF Details
  • Front Line: Union Movement and Community Monthly, no. 49, FrontLine Publishing Board, Oct-Nov 1998. Image PDF Details
  • Angry People, no. 15, no. 15, Angry People, 1998. images PDF Details
  • Sparks: The Rank-and-File Transport Workers' Paper, no. 92, Mar-April, 2000, 11 pp. images PDF Details
  • Voice: For Struggle, Solidarity and Socialism, no. 14, Socialist Party (Australian Section of the Committee for a Workers' International), Melbourne, September-October 2001. images PDF Details
  • 'Direct Action', Publication of the Industrial Workers of the World - Australian ROC, Industrial Workers of the World - Australian ROC, Melbourne, Autumn 2012, 16 pp. PDF Details

Newspaper Articles

  • 'Woman's Suffrage', The Dawn; a journal for Australian women (Sydney), 6 April 1891. Image PDF Details
  • 'Federating Australian Labour', The Worker [Queensland] (Brisbane), 7 August 1890. Image PDF Details
  • 'Unionist or non-unionist', The Worker (Qld) (Brisbane), 1 October 1890. Image PDF Details
  • 'To Democratic Writers, Union Secretaries and Others', Tocsin, 2 November 1897. Transcript HTML Transcript PDF Details
  • 'At last! A step forward. Militants form a left wing movement', Toiler (Brisbane), 1 December 1924. Image PDF Details
  • 'Reactionary Politics in Unions', Southern Advocate for Workers' Councils and International Digest, no. 87, J.A.Dawson, Melbourne, August-September 1947. Image PDF Details
  • 'The Tocsin's Platform', Tocsin, 2 November 1897. Transcript HTML Transcript PDF Details
  • Clarke, W.J., 'Australian Trade Union Congress', Socialist Standard (United Kingdom), February 1933. Image PDF Details
  • Radical, 'A Plea for Unity', The Pioneer, A. Timmann., Adelaide, 1 October 1892, p. 1. Image PDF Details

Pamphlets

  • Peace is Trade Unioin Business, Amalgamated Engineering Union, 1960. Image PDF Details
  • How the Crimes Bill Makes Hidden Attacks on Democratic Rights, Waterside Workers' Federation [This scan courtesy of Mike Williss], Sydney, 1960, 16 pp. PDF Details
  • In memory of Jim Healy, sn, 1961. Image PDF Details
  • "I can get it for you wholesale!", Socialist Labour Party of Australia, Sydney, 1964. Image PDF Details
  • Women at Work, Words for Women, Sydney, 1971. Image PDF Details
  • Towards a socialist Australia : how the labor movement can fight back : documents of the Socialist Workers Party., Pathfinder Press [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victora], Sydney, 1977. Image PDF Details
  • 35 Hours: More Jobs, More Leisure, Amalgamated Metal Workers & Shipwrights Union, Sydney, 1980. Image PDF Details
  • The Crabb Papers, Citizens For Democracy, October 1986. Image PDF Details
  • Australian Conservation Foundation: Annual Report 1988-89, Australian Conservation Foundation, 1989. Image PDF Details
  • Dissenterlink Update: Linking Social Security Recipients, Industrial Workers of the World, Melbourne, 199?. Image PDF Details
  • Australian Conservation Foundation: Annual Report 1989-90, Australian Conservation Foundation, 1990. Image PDF Details
  • Anarcho Syndaclism in Practice: Melbourne Tram Dispute and Lockout January - February 1990, Jura Books, Syndey, 1997. Image PDF Details
  • The People's Conference: the Alternative to the World Economic Forum, Public First [This scan courtesy of Viola Wilikins], Melbourne, 2000, 2 pp. images PDF Details
  • Why we Should be Concerned About Globalisation and the World Economic Forum, Public First [This scan courtesy of Viola Wilikins], Melbourne, 2000, 4 pp. images PDF Details
  • Equal Pay means rate for the job, c1958-9. Image PDF Details
  • Unions warn: danger of total war, Sydney, c1965. Image PDF Details
  • What are these young people doing?, c1965. Image PDF Details
  • Arrowsmith, John, Abolish the penal powers: freedoms fight of '69, Trades Hall Council Administrative and Financial Review Committee, Melbourne, 1969. Image PDF Details
  • Brown, Rev. William T., The Labour Movement. Its motive, aims, and purposes.. Image PDF Details
  • Brown, Tom; General Defence Committee, Why Strikes Fail, General Defence Committee [This Scan Courtesy of Viola Wilkins], Sydney, 1980, 11 pp. images PDF Details
  • Cambell, E. W., Historical background to the world labour movement, Current Book Distributors, Sydney, September, 1944. Image PDF Details
  • Central Committee of the Communist Party of Australia (Marxist-Leninist), Learn from the Ford Strike, Central Committee of the Communist Party of Australia (Marxist-Leninist) [This scan courtesy of Mike Williss], 1974, 16 pp. PDF Details
  • Communist Party of Australia (Marxist-Leninist), The Australian Revolutionary Student Movement, Communist Party of Australia (Marxist-Leninist) [This scan courtesy of Mike Williss], Melbourne, June 1970, 6 pp. PDF Details
  • Communist Party of Australia (Marxist-Leninist), Fight Latest Profit Rort of Multinationals, Communist Party of Australia (Marxist-Leninist) [This scan courtesy of Mike Williss], Melbourne, March, 1989, 13 pp. PDF Details
  • Communist Party of Australia. Central Committee., Australia's Part in the World Revolution: Theses of the Central Committee Plenum, Communist Party of Australia, June 28th and 29th, 1930., Communist Party of Australia, Sydney, 1930, 56 pp. PDF Details
  • Englart, E.C., Wharfies Still Fight for Democracy, Brisbane Branch, Waterside Workers' Federation of Australia [This copy courtesy of John Englart], Brisbane, 24 September 1945, 1 pp. images PDF Details
  • Englart, E.C., Wharfies Locked-out, Brisbane Branch, Waterside Workers' Federation of Australia [This copy courtesy John Englart], Brisbane, 25 September 1945, 1 pp. images PDF Details
  • Graham Purchase, Anarchist Society and Its Practical Realization, See Sharp Press, San Francisco, 1990, 10 pp. images PDF Details
  • Holland, H.E., Labor Leg-Ironed or Liberal and Labor Party Arbitration Acts in N.S.W, With introductory note by R.S. Ross, The Maoriland Worker, 1912. PDF Details
  • Howie, J., Reds in Congress: First Congress of the Red International of Labour Unions; Moscow, July 3rd, 1921, With preface by E.R. Voigt, Director and Secretary, Labor Research and Information Bureau, Trades Hall, Sydney., Industrial Print, Sydney, 1921, 33 pp. PDF Details
  • Judd, E. E., Judd's speech from the dock, Socialist Labour Party of Australia, Sydney, 1919. Image PDF Details
  • Kerin, Dave, Economic Democracy: Poverty and Price, Environment and Cost, Earth Worker Cooperative, Melbourne, 2010, 13 pp. PDF Details
  • Labor Anti-war Committee, Labor's case against war and fascism, Industrial Print, Melbourne, c1935. Image PDF Details
  • Laidler, Percy, Ruskin Press [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Melbourne, 1924. Image PDF Details
  • Liz Ross, Tom O'Lincoln & Graham Willett, Labor's accord: why it's a fraud, Socialist Action [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Melbourne, 1986. Image PDF Details
  • Lockwood, Rupert, Jim Healy: leader of the Waterside Workers' Federation, Current Book Distributors, Sydney, August 1951. Image PDF Details
  • McNamara, Bertha, How to Become Rich Beyond the Dreams of Avarice in the Shortest Possible Time: Or, Labor & Socialism, The Worker Trade Union Print, Sydney, 1908, 16 pp. PDF Details
  • McPhillips, Jack, Penal Powers: Menzies' Weapon Against Unions and Wages, Current Book Distributors [This scan courtesy of Mike Williss], Sydney, August, 16 pp. PDF Details
  • McPhillips, Jack, Penal Powers Cost Unionists £1,000,000!, Current Book Distributors [This scan courtesy of Mike Williss], Sydney, September. PDF Details
  • Morris, William, Useful Work Versus Useless Toil, The Judd Publishing Co., Sydney, 1919. Image PDF Details
  • O'Brien, M, East of Suez, Australian Railways Union, Sydney, April 1966. Image PDF Details
  • Purchase, Graham, The New Anarchy, A talk given by G. Purchase in the Migrant Resource Centre, West End, Brisbane at a conference. Mayday, 1994., Black Swan [This scan courtesy of Graham Purchase], Sydney, 1994, 7 pp. images PDF Details
  • Rathbone, Hugo, Australia Under Orders: Why our Wages are Being Attacked, Workers' Intelligence Bureau, Melbourne, 1930. Image PDF Details
  • Sharkey, L. L., An outline history of the Australian Communist Party, Australian Communist Party, Sydney, 1944. Image PDF Details
  • Spence, W.G., The Ethics of New Unionism, Poor quality scan., Australian Socialist League [This scan courtesy of Mike Williss], Sydney, 1892, 10 pp. PDF Details
  • Temple, Frederick, War Finance and the Worker, Holland Print, Adelaide, 1916. Image PDF Details
  • The Australian Building Construction Employees and Builders Labourers Federation, The Great Compo Battle, Includes foreword by N.L. Gallagher, General Secretary, A.B.C.E. and B.L.F., Melbourne, 1979, 32 pp. PDF Details
  • The Vag (Thos Batho), Random Ramblings, The People's Print, Sydney, 1920?, 47 pp. PDF Details

Photographs

Press Releases

  • Friends of the Earth, Australian Conservation Foundation, Uniting Against Radioactive Waste: ACTU Moves Against Federal Govt Dump Plan, Friends of the Earth (FoE) Australia, Australian Conservation Foundation, August 2003, 1 pp. PDF Details

Sound recordings

  • Iain McIntyre, Victoria Street Squats Interview with Ian Milliss, Broadcast on Radio 3CR and podcast at the Australian Museum of Squatting and Community Audio, 3CR [This recording courtesy of Iain McIntyre], Melbourne, 2012. Also available at http://www.australianmuseumofsquatting.org/?p=445. MP3 Details
  • Kerin, Dave; Cleary, John, Earthworker Social Enterprise's First Factory: Workers Leading the Way to a Green Economy., Talk and discussion at the New International Bookshop, Trades Hall, Carlton, on 7 July, 2010 at 6:30pm. Duration: 1 hr 42 min., Reason in Revolt: Source Documents of Australian Radicalism, Melbourne, 7 July, 2010. MP3 PDF Details
  • Kerin, Dave; Kuhn, Gabriel., The Return of the One Big Union? Syndicalism and the IWW in Australia and Sweden., Interview with Dave Kerin and Gabriel Kuhn; 46.43 minutes., Reason in Revolt: Source Documents in Australian Radicalism, Melbourne, 27 November 2009. MP3 Details

Theses

  • Fry, E. C., 'The Condition of the Urban Wage Earning Class in Australia in the 1880's', Thesis, Unpublished, 1956. Image PDF Details

Zines

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