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Joseph (Joe) Goss (?–1975)

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Joseph (Joe) Goss (?- 1975) toolmaker and trade union official 

Birth: details unknown in United Kingdom. Marriage: details unknown to Muriel Jenkins (1933-?). Death: 8 June 1975 in South Australia. 

  • Came to South Australia in 1952.
  • Elected Adelaide district secretary, Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU), in 1957, holding position for nine years, resisting National Civic Council Grouper intrigues, before returning to work in Islington Railway Workshops.
  • Recalled to AEU to assist administrative/structural change, becoming Workmen’s Compensation Officer, 1969-1975 with Amalgamated Metal Workers Union. In 1960s wrote articles/book The Trade Unions in the Factory.
  • Communist since youth in UK, active in SA branch of the Communist Party of Australia. Foundation member Socialist Party of Australia and member SA State committee.

The Socialist
, 16 June 1975; Amalgamated Metal Workers’ Union Monthly, July 1975; Jim Moss, Representatives of discontent; history of the Communist Party in South Australia 1921-1981 (Melbourne, 1983).

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8 June, 1975
South Australia, Australia

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