Worklife films

At our latest meeting we decided to use our next meeting (Wed 18 March) to view the video which QTU bought to add to the joint QTU/Worklife video library – namely “Amongst Equals” (description is:

“A film (from 1991) about the history of the Australian Trade Union movement – starting with the Shearer’s strike of the 1890’s and leading to the present day, featuring interviews with prominent unionists. The film was sponsored by the Australian Council for Trade Unions which eventually withdrew their support for the project after disagreeing with the Filmmaker’s interpretation of history.”

Our plan then is that, after viewing it,  we think it is OK to use, we shall have a film showing of it a few weeks after May Day, so we can publicise it, and Worklife, widely at May Day march.
As Maggie has previously said, another discussion point at the meeting was to look at how we can adrress the Paid Maternity Leave campaign.

I have attached a list of all the videos and VHS tapes which the QTU has in their library (on labour issues).
Have a look at the list…If you know of a film video which is NOT in the collection, and which you think we should purchase to add to the collection, please let us know.


Regards,
Ross Gwyther

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ID: ACJD;1

Classification: 331.8910994 WOR 1988 video

Title: Working it out

Subtitle: an introduction to the world of industrial relations

Corporate author: Curriculum Development Centre (Australia)

Publisher: Curriculum Development Centre (Australia)

Date published: 1988

Physical description: 1 video (VHS format ; 13 min.) and notes (5 p. ; 21 cm.)

Notes
suitable for upper secondary years
notes folded inside case

Location: Main Collection

Copies: 1


ID: AEWK;1

Classification: 331.880994 STR 1980 video

Title: The structure of Australia’s trade unions

Date published: 1980

Physical description: 1 video (VHS format ; 10 min.)

Location: Main Collection

Copies: 1


ID: ABKX;1

Classification: 331.8929945 STR 1984 video

Title: Strikebound

Author -individual
Lowenstein, Richard, writer and director
Bain, Miranda, producer
White, Timothy, producer

Date published: 1984

Physical description: 1 video (VHS format ; 100 mins.)

Abstract
This is the true story of Agnes and Wattie Doig and the first ever stay-in miners’ strike in Australia’s history. It is set in Korumburra, Victoria in the 1930s.It was a strike which gave hope and signity to the life of the coal miner and brought new strengths and inspiration to the working men and women of Australia.

Location: Main Collection

Copies: 1


ID: AFKI;1

Classification: 331.8 ACT 1992 video

Title
A Union of People

Subtitle
the changes the challenges

Corporate author: ACTU

Date published: 1992

Physical description: 1 video ( VHS format ; 12 min.) ; 1 explanatory leaflet

Location: Main Collection

Copies: 5


ID: AFKJ;1

Classification: 331.892 HOW 1985 video

Title: How does it strike you?

Corporate author: Victorian Trades Hall Council

Date published: 1985

Physical description: 1 video (VHS format ; 24 min.)

Abstract
This video is for young people and is intended to introduce them to trade unions. The role of trade unions and the processes they use to solve disputes are frequently misrepresented in the media. The video provides a classroom resource which can be used to explore a number of issues including; the role of trade unions, the means of resolving conflict in the workplace, the process of negotiation, how attitudes towards unions are formed. The issues are raised as union organisers explain their day to day activities and the problems they confront. A practical dimension is added as students of Footscray Technical School play out a simulation game on industrial conflict.

Location: Audio – Visual Collection

Copies: 1


ID: AFPG;1

Classification: 331.892 WIL 1980 video

Title: Wilmar 8

Date published: 1980

Physical description: 1 video (VHS Format ; 50 min.)

Abstract
A film about the longest bank strike in America. Willmar 8 tells the story of how unequal pay, denial of promotional opportunity, and lack of respect drove eight unassuming, church-going women to form a union and begin the first bank strike in Minnesota history. These women weren’t radicals, weren’t feminists. As one viewer- a clerical worker in a large industry- put it, They are like ordinary people, like me…, and the other 20 million women who work in American offices.

Location: Main Collection

Copies: 1


ID: ADNA;1

Classification: 331 LEE 1985 video

Title: The killing floor

Author -individual: Lee, Leslee

Date published: 1985

Physical description: 1 video (VHS format ; 118 min.)

Abstract
Rivetting drama set in the 1917 Chicago Union riots. Lured to the meat packing houses of 1917 Chicago a black sharecropper leaves his faily in hope of finding a better life for his children. He becomes passionate involved in the most vicious labour battle of the era leading blacks against whites in bloody street riots.

Location: Main Collection

Copies: 1


ID: ANCO;1

Classification: 320.07 POL 1997 video

Title: Political education for trade unionists, module two
Amongst equals

Subtitle: History of trade unions

Author -individual: Harty, Ray

Publisher: National Left Unions

Date published: 1997

Physical description: 1 video (VHS format); 9 mins

Notes
A project of the National Left Unions
see also: Accompanying loose leaf folder 320.07 POL 1997, id=ANCM

Holdings: Modules 1 – 10

Copies: 1


ID: ANCZ;1

Classification: 320.07 POL 1997 video

Title: Political education for trade unionists , module eight
Making the grade

Subtitle: reconciliation with indigenous Australians : the way forward for trade unions

Author -individual: Marshall, Joyce

Publisher: National Left Unions

Date published: 1997

Physical description: 1 video (VHS); — mins

Notes
A project of the National Left Unions
see also accompanying loose-leaf volume “Reconciliation with indigenous Australians” 320.07 POL 1997, id=ANCY

Holdings: Modules 1 – 10

Copies: 1


ID: ANDK;1

Classification: 331.8819009944 FIS 1985 video

Title: Rocking the foundations

Subtitle: a film on the NSW Builders Labourers Federation 1940 – 1975

Author -individual: Fiske, Pat

Date published: 1985

Physical description: 1 video (VHS format ; 85 mins.) : b&w.

Location: in Main Collection

Copies: 1


ID: AFKI;2

Classification: 331.8 ACT 1992 video

Title: A union of people

Subtitle: the changes the challenges

Corporate author: ACTU

Date published: 1992

Physical description: 1 video (VHS format ; 12 min.) ; 1 explanatory leaflet

Location: Main Collection

Copies: 5


ID: BESA;1

Classification: 324.294307 FOW 2000 video

Title: The numbers game

Subtitle: ABC TV’s 4 Corners program broadcast 30 October 2000

Author -individual: Fowler, Andrew

Publication: Broadcast 30 Oct 2000

Physical description: 1 video (VHS format; 45mins)

Location: Main Collection

Copies: 1


ID: BGAD;1

Classification: 303.483 CHA 1986 video

Title: The challenge of change

Subtitle: a film about the effects of technological change on the workplace

Date published: 1986

Physical description: 1 video (VHS format ; 25mins)

Notes
The film was made for the ACTU and the APC by Film Australia
A folded sheet of discussion notes is in video case.

Location: in Main collection

Copies: 1


ID: ALUC 1;1

Classification: 331.8733 TRA 1995

Title: Negotiating in the workplace

Subtitle: Training the Union Representative

Corporate author: TUTA

Date published: 1995

Physical description: 1 video (VHS format ; 14 min.); 1 facilitators guide (looseleaf) “Training the Union representative”

Location: in Main Collection

Copies: 2 videos, 1 booklet


ID: AXKA;1

Classification: 331.88 TRA 1990 video

Title: Trade unions

Subtitle: a classroom project

Corporate author: AMWU

Date published: 1990

Physical description: 1 videorecording (VHS format;14mins; 23mins)

Location: in Main collection

Copies: 1


ID: AXKW;1

Classification: 331.883309943 TOD 1985 video

Title: Strike scenario

Subtitle: Today Tonight

Publisher: Channel 9

Date published: February 1985

Physical description: 1 video cassette recording; VHS format

Abstract
This video deals with the start of the SEQEB dispute when Queensland premier, Joh Bjelke-Petersen rejected wage claims from the electrical workers and strike action was taken.

Copies: 1

Date of Entry: 23 September 2002


ID: CCDH;1

Classification: 323.4 BAR 2007 DVD

Title: Education international barometer of human and trade union rights 2007

Corporate author: Education International

Date published: 2007

Physical description: 1 DVD

Notes: Comes with booklet

Location: CD ROM / diskette collection

Copies: 1


ID: AZKW;1

Classification: 331.89282233409446 ZUB 1984 DVD

Title: Kemira

Subtitle: diary of a strike

Author -individual: Zubrycki, Tom

Date published: 1984

Physical description: 1 DVD (60 min.)

Abstract
In September 1982 the Australian steelworks BHP announced its intention to close down some of its coal mines in the Wollongong area just south of Sydney. The worst affected was Kemira colliery where 300 workers were to lose their jobs. 20 days before the closure of the pit a group of 31 miners occupied the pit and established themselves 5 kilometres underground. The Womens Auxiliary took over one of the company buildings and organised a kitchen, while fellow miners, wives and supporters set up an embassy at the pit-top and kept vigil. Local union officials called a one-day general strike. Several hundred miners, steelworkers and their families took a train journey to Canberra, the national capital. On arrival, they stormed Parliament House bringing the issue to the attention of the whole nation. The strike focused the attention on the plight of the people of Wollongong, which was typical of other Australian cities profoundly affected by the economic recession.
The film captures these dramatic events and then proceeds to follow the fortunes of some of the miners and their families and the profound changes they experienced when the strike finally ended. The film refers to wider historical processes and events and touches on the broader these of worker relations in capitalist economies.

Copies: 1


ID: AZKX;1

Classification: 331.89809943 ZUB 1988 DVD

Title: Friends and enemies

Author -individual: Zubrycki, Tom

Date published: 1988

Physical description: 1 DVD (87 min., 55 sec.)

Abstract
“Friends and enemies” is a provocative film about one of the most vicious and protracted labour disputes in Australian history – one which saw the emergence of the New Right as a powerful force on the country’s political landscape.
In February 1985, over a thousand electrical workers went on strike against the introduction of contractors into Queensland’s Electricity Board. The Premier, Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, reacted by calling a state of emergency and sacking 1,002 workers. Soon after, he rushed through parliament some of the harshest anti-union legislation seen in Australia for over 50 years. The film’s director, Tom Zubrycki, spent many months following the main protagonists in these events. The resulting film is a chilling portrait of strong, colourful characters locked in a struggle where the stakes are the future of unionism itself.

Location: CD ROM / diskette collection

Copies: 1


ID: AZKY;1

Classification: 331.880994 ZUB DVD

Title: Amongst equals

Author -individual: Zubrycki, Tom

Physical description: 1 DVD (88 min.)

Abstract
A film about the history of the Australian Trade Union movement – starting with the Shearer’s strike of the 1890’s and leading to the present day, featuring interviews with prominent unionists. The film was sponsored by the Australian Council for Trade Unions which eventually withdrew their support for the project after disagreeing with the Filmmaker’s interpretation of history.

Location: CD ROM / diskette collection

Copies: 1


ID: AZLE;1

Classification: 331.8887320994 DIF 2007 DVD

Title: Difference of opinion

Subtitle: ‘State of the unions’

Publisher: ABC

Date published: 15 August 2007

Physical description: 1 DVD (48 min.)

Notes
Program begins 5 min. 16 sec. into recording.
The panel included Mitch Hooke (Chief Executive, Minerals Council of Australia), Sharan Burrow (President, ACTU), John Roskam (Executive Director,, Institute of Public Affairs) and Mordy Bromberg (President, Australian Institute of Employment Rights)

Location: CD ROM / diskette collection

Copies: 1


ID: AZLL;1

Classification: 331.880993 NEW 2005 video

Title: Unions start with you!

Corporate author: New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Komiti Pasefika

Date published: 2005

Physical description: 1 VHS (18 min.)


ID: AZMF;1

Classification: 331.8733 AUS 2006 DVD

Title: Australian Story

Subtitle: man of steel; Greg Combet

Publisher: ABC

Date published: 28 August 2006

Physical description: 1 DVD (28 min. 38 sec.)

Location: CD ROM / diskette collection

Copies: 1

3 thoughts on “Worklife films

  1. "Amongst Equals" — documentary history of the Australian Trade Union Movement. says:

    Worklife Film evening

    Date: Thursday April 16, 2009
    Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    Repeats: This event repeats every month on the third Thursday until Thursday July 16, 2009.

    Location: Paddington Workers Centre, 2 Latrobe Tce, Paddington

    Notes: Amongst Equals – documentary history of the Australian Trade Union Movement.
    — Controversial film by Tom Zubrycki. The film the ACTU did not want you to see in 1990.

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