Platon: Adelaide's Greek Workers' League

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Nicolacopoulos, Toula
Vassilacopoulos, George
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Flinders University Department of Languages - Modern Greek
The year 2007 marks fifty years from the formation of Adelaide’s Greek-Australian workers’ league, Platon. Drawing on the record of the league’s inaugural meeting we offer a snapshot of the hopes and aspirations of the Greek-Australians who identified “the problems of migrant workers”, namely “language, unemployment and a different lifestyle” as a central neglected social issue within Adelaide’s organised community. Through a discussion of the early formative years we argue, firstly, that in close collaboration with Democritus and Atlas, the older established Greek-Australian workers’ leagues of Melbourne and Sydney, Platon counter-posed an alternative to the dominant vision of migrant and ethnic community life which it based on the principles of mutual aid and collective self-determination. Secondly, we illustrate the role that Platon played in the establishment of strong links with the wider Australian labour and social movements.
Greek Research, Greece, Australia, Toula Nicolacopoulos, George Vassilacopoulos
Nicolacopoulos, Toula and Vassilacopoulos, George 2009. Platon: Adelaide's Greek Workers' League. In E. Close, G. Couvalis, G. Frazis, M. Palaktsoglou, and M. Tsianikas (eds.) "Greek Research in Australia: Proceedings of the Biennial International Conference of Greek Studies, Flinders University June 2007", Flinders University Department of Languages - Modern Greek: Adelaide, 173-182.