Union historian on the Anniversary of the ACTU
For the anniversary of the founding of the ACTU, Michael speaks to union historian Professor Bradley Bowden from the Department of Employment Relations & Human Resource Management at Griffith Business School.
The ACTU was formed in 1927 and was one of the earliest attempts by trade unions to apply the principles of One Big Union earlier explored by more radical syndicalist unions like the CNT or revolutionary industrial unions like the IWW.
The ACTU has not achieved the ideals expressed for One Big Union: it remains a council organisation, but it does however represent the majority of Australian trade unions.
At its formation in 1927 the ACTU was only seen as representing blue collar trades unions, and only managed to achieve the support of trades unions.
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