Machine generated contents note: pt. 1 PEOPLE BEFORE PROFITS -- The world's first green bans -- The preconditions for radical unionism -- The greening of the union -- pt. 2 A NEW CONCEPT OF UNIONISM -- Organisational principles and practices -- Industrial relations strategies -- Civilising the industry -- Pioneering social movement unionism -- Feminism and machismo: women as builders labourers -- pt. 3 PREVENTING THE PLUNDER -- Defending the open spaces -- Preserving the built environment -- Saving the national estate -- Breaking the bans, breaking the union -- Green bans forever?
"At the height of the building industry boom in the 1970s a remarkable campaign stopped billions of dollars worth of indiscriminate development that was turning Australian cities into brutalist concrete jungles and destroyed their heritage buildings. Enraging developers and politicians but delighting many in the wider community, the members of the NSW Builders Labourers' Federation risked their jobs to preserve buildings, bush and parkland. Meredith Burgmann and Verity Burgmann open a window on a period when Australian workers led the world in innovative and effective forms of environmental protest. A timely new introduction reconsiders the impact of the now iconic green bans movement at a moment when workers' organisations around the world are fighting back against overdevelopment and global warming more strongly that ever before."--Back cover
First edition published 1998
Includes bibliographical references (300-323) and index