Labour History

Soldiers of the Federation: The Women’s Committees of the Waterside Workers’ Federation of Australia

Labour History (2001), 81, (1), 109–127.

Abstract

The Women’s Committees of the Waterside Workers’ Federation of Australia (WWF) were active in the 1950s and 1960s across Australia. Originally established to assist in the national waterfront strikes of the 1950s, the Committees developed into a women’s welfare organisation carrying out voluntary labour for those in need in their communities, in addition to supporting the union. Relationships between the union and the Committees varied from port to port, offering working class women a path to engagement in public affairs, sometimes on an international scale. This article charts the rise and fall of the Committees which was linked to the decline in the waterfront workforce, the decline of the Communist Party, and the increasing involvement of women in the workforce. It provides a pertinent example of the voluntary labour and activism of working class women in Australia in the post-war period.

Access Token
£25.00
READ THIS ARTICLE

Details

Author details

Beasley, Margo

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
1091
1102
1113
1124
1135
1146
1157
1168
1179
11810
11911
12012
12113
12214
12315
12416
12517
12618