The Builders Labourers Federation (BLF) was an Australian trade union organisation which existed from 1911 until 1972, and from 1976 until 1986, when it was permanently deregistered in various Australian States by the federal Labor government and some state governments of the time. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. A trade union or labour union is an organization of workers who have banded together to achieve common goals in key areas such as wages hours and working conditions forming Year 1911 ( MCMXI) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year Year 1972 ( MCMLXXII) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Year 1976 ( MCMLXXVI) was a Leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Year 1986 ( MCMLXXXVI) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar) The Commonwealth of Australia is made up of 8 states and territories controlled under a federal system of government A federation ( Latin: foedus, covenant is a union comprising a number of partially self-governing states or regions united by a central ("federal" For the government of parliamentary systems see Executive (government. A state government ( provincial government in Canada is the Government of a Subnational entity in States with federal This occurred when the union refused to give undertakings that it would not seek wage rises outsde the Prices and Incomes accord set out by the Hawke government. About the same time ,the Federal Secretary, Norm Gallagher was gaoled for contempt of court arising out of some building materials delivered to his beach house. Norm Gallagher ( 20 September 1931 - 26 August 1999) was a controversial former Australian trade unionist and Marxist-Leninist Today former BLF members are members of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU). The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU is Australia's main Trade union in Construction, Forestry and furnishing products
The BLF fought successful campaigns which became known as the green bans against development projects which it viewed as harmful to the built and natural environment of Sydney. A green ban is a form of Strike action, usually taken by a Trade union or other organised labour group which is conducted for environmentalist The phrase built environment refers to the man-made surroundings that provide the setting for human activity ranging from the large-scale civic surroundings to the personal places See also Nature The natural environment, commonly referred to simply as the environment, is a terminology that is comprised of all living and These campaigns included blocking plans to redevelop The Rocks area, Kelly's Bush in Hunters Hill and Centennial Park (in anticipation for the 2000 Olympics, in the 1980s). The Rocks is an inner-city Suburb, Tourist precinct and historic area of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Hunters Hill (also spelt Hunter's Hill is a Suburb on the Lower North Shore of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia Centennial Park is a large area of parkland in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney in the state of New South Wales, Australia. "I am proud and happy to proclaim that you have presented to the world the best Olympic Games ever The Green Bans are now commonly recognised as directly responsible for saving areas of Sydney with substantial heritage value. They also took up other causes, such as Aboriginal rights, anti-war campaigns and support for pensioners. The BLF had a long standing programme on Radio 3CR, 'The Concrete Gang', which is now presented by the CFMEU. One of the original announcers for the BLF was John Cummins. John Cummins (b 1948 d August 29 2006 was an Australian labour leader
The BLF currently exists in Queensland as a State registered union (known as the Australian Building Construction Employees and Builders' Labourers' Federation (Queensland Branch) Union of Employees). Queensland is a state of Australia, occupying the north-eastern corner of the mainland continent This branch is also transitionally registered under the Workplace Relations Act 1996. The Workplace Relations Act 1996 is an Australian law passed by the Howard Government shortly after coming into power in 1996. It is also a part of the Construction division of the CFMEU. Whilst the Queensland BLF was a part of the National BLF prior to the de-registration, it was not as radical or militant as the branches in Victoria and New South Wales were perceived to be.
Whilst the BLF is usually associated with the left of the political spectrum, the Queensland BLF has historically been aligned with the centre-right of the Australian Labor Party. The Queensland BLF is a member of the Labor Unity faction which is sometimes referred to as the Old Guard. The Labor Unity Faction often votes with the "right" faction (also known as the AWU or Forum faction) at State Labor Conferences.
The BLF slogan is Dare to struggle, Dare to win.