Labour History

One of the Boys or the Common Good?: Workplace Activism in the NSW Branch of the Federated Engine Drivers and Firemens Associations

Labour History (2006), 91, (1), 75–94.

Abstract

This article explores the interactions between union officials and delegates of the New South Wales (NSW) branch of the Federated Engine Drivers and Firemens Associations (FEDFA) at the Shell Clyde refinery and the Tooths Sydney breweries. It contributes to the debates concerning the tension between bureaucracy and democracy within trade unions by illustrating that these elements are not mutually exclusive. The NSW FEDFA has encouraged a strong delegate organisation, and the objectives of delegates and officials are both conflicting and accommodating with evidence of both participation and bureaucracy.

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Westcott, Mark

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