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.
While the green bans brought Owens notoriety, they also proved a pathway to love.
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.
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.
It was a process of 'forgetting', one halted and forced into compromise only by the Green Bans
movement of the 1970s, with the result that uneasy dialogues continue, between the present and the future, between memory and forgetting.
, 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.
For example, the eight-hour day, collective bargaining and arbitration, our commitment to peace, and the unique green bans
ensuring that our heritage and environment have a future.
The state-based conservation councils were born amid strong local community-based environmental action, famously supported in some places by union Green Bans
as direct action became the anti-industry standard.
Meredith Burgmann and Verity Burgmann, Green Bans
, Red Union: Environmental activism and the New South Wales Builders Labourers' Federation, Sydney, University of NSW Press, 1998.
AFTER FIVE YEARS `political and social embroilment' with the NSW Builders Labourers Federation, Meredith Burgmann writes of crying along with 2000 others at the final meeting in the Sydney Town Hall in 1975 when federal BLF intervention, spearheaded in the infamous shape of Norm Gallagher, ended the green bans