September 16th 1959 according to the ‘Joe Mills Story’ as written by Dr. Eva Hodgson “shook the very foundation of the entire white establishment’s racist anti-working-class structure”.
In the same book the then Governor Major-General Sir. Julian Gascoigne stated, ‘demonstrations against political, social, or industrial conditions will always provide an opportunity for the more embittered or less responsible coloured agitators, to inject racial grievances in the dispute and to stir up anti-white feeling’.
According to the History of the BIU as written by the late Bro. Ira Philips, Bro. Joe paid a heavy personal price for his activism he was blackballed by employers. Bro. Joe was not a college or university trained man having left school at the age of thirteen which can be said for many Trade Unionist not having a college or university degree but could take on any employer with all the titles and degrees behind their names. Download full story