Blaming the world’s poor?
How far this is from the ACTU’s recent Your Rights At Work campaign! Whatever its faults, YRaW had a clear succession of collective actions in the form of mass rallies followed by an effective marginal seats campaign in the election. Apparently it was a unique, one-off campaign strategy — obviously far too effective to be used against the government that it put into office! A proud history forgotten Australian unions in the 1970s were at the forefront of environmental campaigns. The Builders Labourers’ Federation initiated green bans to save heritage buildings, parks and working class suburbs. These have carried on: construction unions have continued to place green bans with good effect, such as in support of the successful 1990s campaign to stop the Werribee toxic waste dump in Melbourne.