Razer's Class Warfare

May 1, 2018

Razer: ACTU’s class war pamphlet looks more like a class bore

If unions could release pamphlets that would not only be endured by ordinary people, but understood and enjoyed, that would be a nice start to the revolution.

Helen Razer — Writer and broadcaster

Helen Razer

Writer and broadcaster

Welcome to May Day, that annual occasion in which the abundance created by all history’s workers is acknowledged, the living labour of the many is upheld as the ongoing source of all value, and the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) writes an unreadable pamphlet.

Pamphlets have, of course, played a crucial role in the progress of organised labour. The truly mobilising document first places its worker at the centre of things, next locates their present conditions within a long history of injustice, and finally, having offered a brief but grand narrative of unequal social order, unites all readers with some upbeat promise about the loss of chains, etc.  

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