Out Now: Labour History, no. 112 – May 2017

Australian labour historians have generally overlooked the relationship between unions, mutuals and co-operatives. The May issue goes some way towards rectifying this situation with a thematic section, guest-edited by Greg Patmore and Mark Westcott, that focuses on mutualism and co-operatives in relation to the labour movement. Also in this issue are several papers demonstrating the more varied aspects of Australian labour history. These include the long-term connections between the ALP and the margarine industry; the lives of Chinese furniture factory workers in the late nineteenth century; the activities of the Victorian State Services Federation during World War I; the participation of employees in company welfare schemes; and the interconnected histories of labour and homelessness in Australia. Click here, for more information.

The 15th Biennial Labour History Conference

The conference will be held 23–25 September 2017 at Emmanuel College, University of Queensland. Academics and labour activists are invited to present papers around the conference theme, “Workers of the World,” and the broader agenda of labour history. Today, the Australian working class are workers of the world: in the sense that we are a predominantly immigrant working class (or the descendants of relatively recent immigrants); and in the sense that workers from so many of the world’s nations, languages and cultures have made their homes here. The year 2017 also marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution, which had such a profound impact on the labour movement in every country, not least as a result of its internationalism. Click here for more information.

Why History? A Call for Papers

The Association of Academic Historians in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools (AAHANZBS) will hold its 9th Annual Conference, 9–10 November 2017, The University of Sydney, Australia. You are invited to submit papers addressing the conference theme, including papers relating to accounting history, business history, economic history, labour history, management history, marketing history, tourism history, transport history and other areas of interest relating to historical research in business schools. We also invite papers/panel suggestions around teaching and pedagogy relating to business and labour history. Please submit either a 1000 word abstract or a 6,000 word maximum paper for refereeing by 16 June 2017 to Greg Patmore ( For the full Call for Papers, click here.


Scales of Struggle: Communities, Movements, and Global Connections.

LAWCHA conference 23–25 June 2017, University of Washington, Seattle. The Labor and Working Class History Association welcomes individual and session proposals that address the broad theme of “Scales of Struggle” and related sub-themes such as: “War and Empire”; “Borders and Coalitions”; “Struggling for Justice”; and the “Public Work of Labor History”. The deadline for proposals is 15 October 2016. For more information, click here or email


Greg Patmore, Worker Voice: Employee Representation in the Workplace in Australia, Canada, Germany, the UK and the US 1914–1939.

This book informs debates about worker participation in the workplace by analysing comparative historical data relating to these ideas during the inter-war period in Australia, Canada, Germany, the UK and the US. The issue is topical because of the contemporary shift to a workplace focus in many countries without a corresponding development of infrastructure at the workplace level, and because of the growing “representation gap” as union membership declines. Click here for more information.