Jack Mundey

Verity Burgmann Jack Mundey (17/10/1929-10/05/2020), legendary leader of the green bans movement, showed the world how important workers could be in protecting the planet.[1] ‘What is the good of fighting to improve wages and conditions’, he asked unionists, ‘if we are going to choke to death in polluted and plan-less cities.’[2] He emphasized that workers... Continue Reading →

The Builders Labourers Federation “Never Powerless”: Lessons for the 21st Century

The BLF History Committee has put together a booklet which celebrates the life and contribution of Norm Gallagher. A controversial figure in the labour movement, interest in Gallagher’s contributions to the working lives of builders’ labourers has increased in recent years. This booklet, The Builders Labourers Federation “Never Powerless”: Lessons for the 21st Century, has... Continue Reading →

Joe Owens

Verity Burgmann on Joe Owens On 20th September the cranes of Sydney stopped for one minute during the memorial service at the NSW Trades Hall to commemorate the life of Joe Owens, who died at the age of 77. Joe succeeded Jack Mundey as Secretary of the NSW Builders Labourers’ Federation, a position he occupied... Continue Reading →

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