Automation and the Unions (2) - October 1966

In this Laurie Carmichael joins with other union leaders in a 1966 seminar organised by the ACTU to discuss automation.


This excerpt from Laurie emphasises the impact of automation on wages and wage relativities, wages policy and bargaining.

This may well be one of the first of such discussions among Australian unions.

Introduction to "Laurie Carmichael and Tom Mann"

The Greatness of Metalworker Tom Mann, by Laurie Carmichael


Tom Mann was one of the greatest figures of the global union movement at the end of the nineteenth century and into the first part of the 20th. Here in this article, in 1976, Laurie Carmichael, then becoming, unconsciously, one of Australia’s finest labour and socialist movement leaders, introduces Tom Mann to the members of the metalworkers union. The article coincides with the decision of the National Council to name the new theatre on the ground floor of the new national headquarters of the union in Chalmers St, Surry Hills, as the Tom Mann Theatre. He is explaining some of their heritage to them. The article – about Mann – also says a lot about Laurie Carmichael himself. It required reading and other detailed research and, also, some serious thinking about the then modern legacy that Mann had left; including that unions should be the centre of the recreational and cultural development of its members. Carmichael alerts the members to Mann’s activities as a socialist unionist and its synergy with political intervention into both the Labor Party and socialism to the left of the Labor Party. Some years after this article was published, new research was published on Mann’s life. There is an updated version of this original Carmichael article that takes account of this research, available on request.