Catpaws of Boodle: Independent Unions 1911-1914
Catpaws of Boodle: Independent Unions 1911-1914

Catpaws of Boodle: Independent Unions 1911-1914

IHP0838

Warwick Eather

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After a decade of increasingly militant industrial action by trade unions and the political coming of age of the Australian Labor Party, Australia’s capitalists in 1911 realised that trade unions enrolled a minority of all workers, and they believed that militant union officials, the minority within the minority, tyrannised their members who in turn tyrannised the non-unionists and wider society. To counter this tyranny and militancy they decided to enrol non-unionists into a series of supportive independent unions. In time, they hoped the movement would grow into a national force.


Independent unions were formed in Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia. At best, these unions recruited hundreds of members, but never the tens-of-thousands that their creators hoped for. Aggressive opposition campaigns from individual trade unions and the Trades Hall councils, especially the Melbourne Trades Hall Council, made it very difficult for the independents to survive, let alone recruit.
The independent union movement started in 1911 with a “great cackle of joy in the camps of Fat”, “went downhill very rapidly” during 1912-13 and had broken “Nothing But Itself” by the end of 1914.


Catpaws of Boodle is a detailed account of the independent union movement, a hitherto neglected aspect of Australia’s capital and labour history.
Warwick Eather is an independent historian. He has written extensively on Australian political, labour and capital history.

 


Product details

Format: Perfect Bound
Dimensions: 152mm x 228mm
Pages: 144 pgs

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