, Red Union: The Saving of a City, 2nd Edition
The House that Jack Built--Jack Mundey, Green Bans
Hero by James Colman, New South Press
that struggles like the green bans
reflect longer traditions of workers struggles and aspirations.
By 1974, 42 green bans
had been imposed and millions of dollars worth of development postponed or abandoned.
Historically trade unions have been at the forefront of many important human rights issues, including the fight against apartheid, human rights in Burma, indigenous issues, equal pay for women, the peace movement, anti-nuclear campaigns, refugee and asylum seeker rights, fair trade and workers' rights to organise, rights of outworkers, the Green Bans
and other environmental campaigns including climate change.
The Australian green bans
movement of 1971-75 can be understood as a utopian project in this sense.
It is a time of burgeoning women's lib, The Female Eunuch has been recently published, mothers are taking up university studies, and Green Bans
have been proclaimed.
3) The Builders' Labourers Federation Green Bans
campaigning in the 1970s is a rare example of a union-driven environmental agenda with strong class dimensions, acknowledging that some of those class dimensions involved cross-class alliances, such as those with the residents of Hunters Hill regarding the protection of Kelly's Bush.
This article proposes that the green bans
played an important part in the development of this movement in Australia.
, among many other achievements, protected historic eighteenth century buildings being demolished to make way for office space, and prevented the Royal Botanic Gardens from being turned into a carpark for the Sydney Opera House.
As documented in Meredith Burgmann's book Green Bans
Red Union, former NSW BLF Union leader Jack Mundy initiated the Green Bans
movement in the early 1970s, one of the key precedents that lead to the formation of the international Green movement.
By 1973, there were approximately forty Green Bans
across the city