Title

The oilfields workers’ trade union and the challenge of working class political party formation and electoral politics, 1965–1977

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

WorkingUSA

Publication Date

2016

Date Added

2022-06-03

Abstract

This essay undertakes an examination of the OWTU and the challenge of Working class Political Party formation and Electoral politics, 1962–2012. This area of study has been neglected by Historians and Political Scientists who have tended to focus on the narrow interpretation of the trade union. From 1965 and 1977, the OWTU played significant roles in the creation of the Workers and Farmers Party (WFP) and the United Labor Front (ULF. This essay contends that the union’s involvement with these political parties was fraught with difficulties and challenges, and its efforts did not convince the working class that it was in their best interest to support the movement at the polls.

Keywords

Labor, Politics

Disciplines

History

Publisher

Brill

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