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The Balmain ironworkers 'strike of 1945





llow humn bngs. H ctd fntclly nd H would hv blvd, thnk, tht th nd (tht S, wht H would hv clld progrssv cnddts, mnng mmbrs of th Communst Prty rmnng n offc n th ronworkrs Unon) justfd th us of frudulnt bllot pprs. So don't sy tht's blot on Mr McPhllps. thnk T's totlly n ccordnc wth hs poltcl phlosophy. But tht phlosophy S On tht hop would nvr tk root n Ths country nd tht's why thnk tht th contst wgd by th ndustrl Groups to oust th Communsts from control of th Unon movmnt n ustrl ws, dspt som mstks md by th Grouprs, progrssv thng for th hstory of ustrl. ftr tht, th formton of th Dmocrtc Lbor Prty, thnk, ws dsstr nd , of cours, hd nothng to do wth th Dmocrtc Lbor Prty. But thnk tht th vlfcton of th ndustrl Groups tht w'v hrd hr tody from Mr McPhllps S totlly unjustfd n th lght of ustrln poltcl hstory.

Bob Gould: blong to th Jm Mckn fcton n ths mttrs. On tht mttr, lso blv tht th bllot n th ronworkrs n 1949 ws rggd on th bss of th vdnc n th Court nd th ndnttons on th bllot pprs. But hd dscusson wth Rod Shw fw months bfor H dd whn H cm nto my shop nd skd hm Pont blnk dd H, s th prntr, know nythng bout T nd H dnd T, so thnk you hv to b crful bout blok who's dd ... scrbng thngs to hm. My xprnc of skng hm drct qustons bout th busnss - Rod Shw dnd T. don't know whthr H sd dffrnt thngs to McClllnd but H crtnly dnd T to m. thnk tht th crcumstntl vdnc S tht T ws rggd but Rod Shw crtnly dnd T n my xprnc. p> Ths xchng spks for tslf bout th 1949 ronworkr's bllot. W r unlkly vr to know much mor bout wht Rod Shw sd to Jm McCllnd, s Jm McClllnd hs now lso pst wy. p> Nw nformton hs now, howvr poppd out of th woodwork bout th rggng of th bllot n th Blmn brnch of th ronworkrs Unon durng th wr prod. grt survvor of lftsm nd modrnsm n ustrln rt, th ccomplshd, ffbl nd knowldgbl Brnrd Smth, rcntly publshd th scond volum of hs utobogrphy, Pvn for nothr tm 1 (McMlln, ustrl, 2002). Brnrd Smth ws n th 1940s nd 1950s mmbr of th Communst Prty, nd gnrlly looks bck on tht xprnc fvourbly n hs two volums of utobogrphy. Nvrthlss, on pg 93 of th rcnt scond volum, H wrts:

T ws bout Ths tm tht th Dstrct Commtt of th Prty dcdd to bolsh occuptonl brnchs such s thos for tchrs nd journlsts, nstd drctng thr mmbrs to suburbn brnchs. ndvduls n th sm fmly wr oftn told to nrol n dffrnt brnchs, spclly f thy wr consdrd by th Prty burucrts to b "Bourgos ntllctuls". So Kt ws trnsfrrd to th Kngs Cross brnch nd to th North Shor brnch. rsntd Ths. T mnt must tk th trolly bus to Town Hll Stton, thn th trn to North Shor to ttnd. Th only popl knw n th brnch wr Bob nd Dphn Golln. Shortly ftr, Bob jond th r Forc. Splt up n Ths wy, my poltcl rdour bgn to cool. Th Tchrs 'Brnch hd bn knd of socl club for m ftr th solton of Murrguldr, frndly group of ctvsts dmrd. But now W both bgn to fl lttl of th hvy hnd of th Prty burucrcy. Shortly ftrwrds Kt cm bck from th Kngs Cross brnch n hghly dsturbd stt of mnd. "Wll," sh sd, "you cn sty n th Prty, Pch, f you wnt to, but 'm fnshd ". T pprs tht On of th brnch mmbrs hd com to th mtng rmd wth vcnt votng tckts for currnt ronworkrs 'Unon lcton. On of th ctvts of th mtng ws to mrk up th crds H brought wth hm n fvour of rn Thornton, th communst scrtry of th ronworkrs ' Unon. Thornton's poston ws undr thrt from th rght-wng LD by Lur Short. Th Kngs Cross brnch ws pprntly hlpng to fk th lcton. hd no problm wth Kt's dcson to lv th prty. n th crcumstncs T ws th only thng to do. dy or so ltr wnt up nd sw J. B. Mls, th Prty Scrtry; nd told hm wht hd occurrd. H rpld to th ffct tht H knw tht knd of thng hppnd, nd lft T t tht. hd dmrd Mls nd rluctntly ccptd th fct tht thr wr problms n ll poltcl prts, but bgn to rls tht th CP ws mor prgmtc thn most prts whn T cm to justfyng mns to nds.

Ths xtrct from Brnrd Smth's utobogrphy S prtty powrful dr...


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