Journal article

Doing Without the Boss: Workers' Control Experiments in Australia in the 1970s

Verity Burgmann, Ray Jureidini, Meredith Burgmann

LABOUR HISTORY | AUSTRALIAN SOC STUDY LABOUR HISTORY | Published : 2012

Abstract

Experiments with workers' control occurred in many countries during the late post-war boom period in circumstances of heightened industrial militancy and a crisis in employer and state authority. They are again popular under different conditions, especially in Argentina and Venezuela. Such episodes demonstrate that labour can exist without capital, whereas capital is always dependent on labour. This essential autonomy of labour from capital is a notion elaborated most cogently by 'autonomist' Marxists, especially Antonio Negri. His concepts of autonomy, self-valorisation and political crisis are used to describe and analyse Australian workers' control experiments during the 1970s, focusing e..

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