Posted by: vickim57 | 13 October 2009

LONDON: Film show fundraiser: Rocking the Foundations

Rocking the Foundations – The history of the New South Wales Builders Labourers Federation and the lessons of its red-green politics for today

Monday 19 October, 7pm, The Bread and Roses pub, 68 Clapham Manor Street, London SW4 6DZ (Clapham Common or Clapham North tube or Clapham High Street rail)

Waged £5, unwaged or low waged £3.

A film showing to raise money for the Vestas workers and the workers’ movement on the Isle of Wight, sponsored by Battersea and Wandsworth TUC and Workers’ Climate Action.

“Rocking the Foundations” is the story of the New South Wales Builders Labourers Federation. After a period of “civilising the industry” by fighting over basic workplace issues in the 1960s, in the 1970s the New South Wales BLF developed militant environmental and social politics. This included imposing “green bans” on environmentally and socially damaging construction projects. Before they were smashed by their government and their national union leadership, the “BLs” started taking action on the Vietnam war, and women’s and gay rights.

In a period when the Vestas workers’ struggle has put the links between environmentalism and class politics, and the project of building a “red-green” coalition, back on the agenda, this inspiring story is more relevant than ever. Followed by a discussion and social.

More details: tel. 07946 172 461 or email


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