Why WBT?

Workers BushTelegraph is primarily for original articles, original news, stories you can’t read elsewhere, original verse, original pictures, videos and music.

We will not publish racist or anti-worker sentiments.

We do not seek ‘balance’ in reporting when it favours the wealthy and powerful, the bigoted or the sectarian — readers will have to go to the mass media for that.

Workers BushTelegraph publishes stories, articles, poems, music, songs, videos relating mainly to three questions, they are:

  1. The Master/servant relationship. The power of boss over worker. We are on the side of the worker over the boss. More can be found out about this at the LeftPress Website – After the Waterfront – the workers are quiet
  2. The struggle of indigenous people for land rights and social justice in Australia. We favour the return of land to first nations people and where that is no longer possible we support equality and social justice for the first nations people everywhere.
  3. The role of government. What enterprises should government own and run. Why and how? We support a public sector under worker control.

Workers BushTelegraph has been going in one form or another since the early 1990s. It is primarily for original articles, original news, stories you can’t read elsewhere, original verse, original pictures, videos and music. Author’s names always appear at the end of their article.

If you wish to have something published please write to the editor.

Authors will be contacted for approval before publication.

Comments are published automatically and are the responsibility of the author. Please keep comments as short as possible (less than 200 words).

Email addresses given by commentators are private and are not distributed without their knowledge and consent.

Topics covered on WBT
* Industrial question: The Master/servant relationship. The struggle for Worker Control.
* Ownership question: Who owns the land? (Rights to the city, Right to country) The struggle of indigenous people for land rights and social justice in Australia.
* Political question: Who governs? Democratic Rights.

The purpose of Workers BushTelegraph
“Working people of all countries, unite
Side by side we for freedom will fight
When the world and its wealth we have gained
To the grafters we’ll sing this refrain” — Joe Hill

Workers BushTelegraph is a website for workers and their organisations. It discusses current and past events, books and film with the aim of promoting worker political organisation.

Each week WBT publishes a feature article that must be an unpublished original work. If you wish to submit an article, poem, video, cartoon please contact the editor.

We are currently looking for reports on current issues of your choice to be published on Workers Telegraph in the Features section (above) each week.

Click images (below) to read features published so far this year.

Ian Curr
+61 407 687 016

Why does union membership continue to decline?
This is the current WBT banner of the southern border ranges of Queensland. The photo was taken by Lachlan Hurse. It was shot from Green Mountain on the Lamington Plateau.
This is an earlier WBT banner of the Mistake Mountains — Photo: Ian Curr

Place a link to Workers BushTelegraph on your website — http://workersbushtelegraph.com.au/

This website is dedicated to rank and file unionists.

One such worker was Vern Sunfords who died in May 2006 at age 65.

Vern came up with the name BushTelegraph and what is more put it into practice, circulating BushTelegraph on his employer’s intranet for many years. For Vern, Bush Telegraph was an underground publication for workers.

We are not so sure but we are careful what we publish to make sure it cannot harm workers. If you wish to discuss submission of articles, photos, cartoons, reviews, videos etc please phone or email Workers Bush Telegraph at the address below.

Our aims are less clear, they depend on what decisions workers wish to make about our future.

We look to our contributors for some direction with how Workers BushTelegraph is organised.

Comments are welcome.


Contact: Ian (Editor)
Email: workersbushtelegraph@gmail.com
Web: Workers Bush Telegraph

3 thoughts on “Why WBT?

  1. hi, thanks for the site – i have bookmarked it. its great and you’ve got the little hand things going on as well. i am v impressed. could i possibly suggest some layout things from a visitors point of view? well i will anyhow…
    ..your perspective/mission statement could be more obvious but is ok – i think it is all tied in with vern’s story, true? .
    ..right side boxed off could be good to separate a little from current writes.
    i reckon its really punk what you’re doing – you know i am a fanzine girl. i love it.
    good on you.

  2. robert jenkins says:

    i found this website to be very informative about issues that i feel deserve far greater media attention… i will keep checking back in the future to read your articles and learn about what else is going on around me from the bush telegraph…

    thanks for the good work Ian! i hope you get the support to continue that you need…


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