Australian Left Review

Authors

Brian Murphy

Abstract

This is not an expression of anti-unionism, rather it's the opposite. It's a call for an effective union organisation in an industry which has proved to be the most demoralising and alienating yet devised by western capitalism. Alienation in its sharpest form is a well known feature of assembly line work in the vehicle industry. One effect has been the creation of an extremely volatile workforce of a potentially explosive nature. The 1973 strike at Ford's Broadmeadows plant did explode. "The picture of the migrant worker, belting the wall of the boss's office with a long-handled shovel, is the picture of the utter frustration felt by the workers."

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