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WOW: the Wollongong Out of Workers' Union


Between November 2005 and January 2006, as part of my honours thesis research, I conducted a series of interviews with people who were active in the Wollongong Out of Workers’ Union (WOW) during the 1980s. The aim of the research was to investigate, analyse and explain WOW as a project created by, and expressing, proletarian rebellious self activity. The thesis is specifically concerned with problems associated with freeing labour from the domination of capital and the question of whether work refusal and right to work struggles were contradictory or could be complementary. In investigating and analysing the praxis of WOW and its members, I hope to contribute to a better understanding of the struggles of the 1980s around issues of work, unemployment and class composition.