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Explaining Union Mobilisation In The 1880s And Early 1900s, R. Markey Jan 2002

Explaining Union Mobilisation In The 1880s And Early 1900s, R. Markey

Faculty of Commerce - Papers (Archive)

The two great upsurges in Australian union mobilisation occurred in the 1880s and the first decade of the twentieth century. In both cases membership increased in scope and intensity: an expansion of the number of union organisations across a wider range of industries and occupations, as well as an increase of union density in industries and occupations where unions already existed. However, a major environmental difference between the two upsurges in mass unionism was the existence of a system of compulsory state arbitration, from 1901 in NSW and from 1904 in the Commonwealth. It has commonly been observed that the ...