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One Big Union : A History of the Australian Workers Union 1886-1994 - Mark Hearn

One Big Union

A History of the Australian Workers Union 1886-1994

Paperback Published: 1st July 1996
ISBN: 9780521558976
Number Of Pages: 396

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The Australian Workers Union (AWU) has been one of the most influential unions in Australia's political and industrial history. From its beginnings as a sheep shearers' union, it became known as a champion of compulsory arbitration, fighting for improvements in wages and conditions through the industrial courts. In the first part of the twentieth century it expanded by amalgamating with other unions, its aim being the creation of 'one big union'. Indeed the AWU became Australia's largest union, operating in all Australian states and across a wide range of industries. This comprehensive and compelling book shows that the union has been a player in key events and crises in Australian history, including the great strikes of the 1890s, the 1916-17 conscription crisis, Labor's splits in the 1950s and the 1956 shearers' strike. The book features vivid portraits of the remarkable individuals who matched these great issues.

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' ... an honest well researched book which fills a large gap in the historiography of Australian labour'. Labour History Review

Introduction W. G. Spence: the progress of a moderate man
The knights of the blade, 1886-89
Looking for justice, 1890-91
The hustle for jobs, 1892-94
Grinding in the iron heel, 1895-1901
The giant refreshed, 1902-1914
One big union, 1914-1920
Ourselves alone, 1920-29
A union that battles, 1930-39
A wonderful machine, 1940-49
Anxious to see the light, 1950-59
The meaning of mateship, 1956-59
Making the truth hurt, 1960-69
Too good for the lot of you, 1970-79
Out of the past, 1980-1994
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ISBN: 9780521558976
ISBN-10: 0521558972
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 396
Published: 1st July 1996
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.58