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Kerin, Dave; Kuhn, Gabriel.
The Return of the One Big Union? Syndicalism and the IWW in Australia and Sweden.
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Interview with Dave Kerin and Gabriel Kuhn; 46.43 minutes.
Reason in Revolt: Source Documents in Australian Radicalism, Melbourne, 27 November 2009

Recorded at Trades Hall, Carlton. Discussion with Dave Kerin and Gabriel Kuhn on syndicalism in Australia and Sweden. It mainly focuses on the experiences of the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) in Australia but also makes some comparison with the case of the SAC (Central Organisation of the Workers of Sweden, an anarcho-syndicalist federation). Topics include: History of the IWW in Australia; experiences of the Builders Labourers Federation (BLF) with green bans (in the 1970s) and deregulation (in the 1980s); Union Solidarity - an organisation coordinated by Dave Kerin in the 2000s in Melbourne which mobilised unionists and community members to set up picket lines and other actions in support of aggrieved workers; aims, tactics and philosophy of the IWW; the principles of SAC; the relevance of syndicalism today and in the future for unionism and activism in anti-globalisation, global justice, and climate change movements; developing a worker-owned social sector; and the relationship of syndicalist unions to political parties.