Green Bans, Red Union: Environmental Activism and the New South Wales Builders Labourers' Federation

Synopsis

Documents the development of the NSW Builders Labourers' Federation (NSWBLF) and their stand on a number of social and environmental issues. Tells how members of the NSW BLF risked their jobs to preserve bush, buildings and parkland in the 1970s, and also used their industrial power to defend the rights of oppressed groups such as Aborigines and homosexuals. Discusses attempts to break the bans and destroy the union, and the way in which the leaders were forced to eventually stand down. Looks at the impact of 'green bans' and prospects for the future. Includes references, a bibliography and an index. Meredith Burgmann is a Labor NLC in the NSW parliament. Verity Burgmann is associate professor in political science at the University of Melbourne. Both authors have published extensively in the field of labour history.