Bruce was a CAFCINZ member through the 1970s and 80s, during which time he was also a prominent member of the broader progressive movement in Christchurch. His main affiliation was to the former Communist Party of New Zealand (now the Socialist Workers' Organisation), which he joined in 1977. In terms of the great single issues of the day, he was extremely active during the protests against the 1981 Springbok Tour. He did his bit in all the big battles of the time. At the more mundane level, Bruce was on the board of management of the former Co-op Books.
Born in 1953, Bruce Faithfull's childhood was spent in Conway Flats (north Canterbury), followed by secondary education at Papanui High School, in Christchurch. In the early 1970s, he was a phone technician with the former Post Office, a job he held for 19 years . He was a union delegate there, and also served on the rank and file committee of the then union. After the Post Office, he worked at the freezing works and at BICC Cables.