The green bans movement demonstrated the power that a trade union can wield in defense of the environment. In a period and amongst people very conversant with Herbert Marcuse's serious doubts about the capacity of the working class to be the agent of change, the NSWBLF persuaded many of them that the working class was still the class with revolutionary potential. Many New Left academics decided, on the basis of their interaction with the union, that the proletariat might be the midwife of history after all.
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