1913 Great Strike

1913 Great Strike

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The Great Strike refers to a near general strike that took place in New Zealand in 1913. The dispute began on the Wellington waterfront and spread to other industries around the country. In 1909 militant trade unionists had formed the New Zealand Federation of Labour (the "Red Feds") an organisation opposed to the Liberal governments Industrial Consolidation and Arbitration Act, which meant labour disputes had to be settled though conciliation boards and arbitration courts. Unionists had several complaints about the arbitration system; it failed to increase wages in line with the cost of living, didn't compel employers to pay for all hours of work, and the provisions for employers hiring workers at less than agreed rates were considered too loose. The growth in the number of unions in the early 1900s increased the arbitration courts workload to the point that unions could wait up to a year before getting a hearing.show more

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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 6mm | 163g
  • Aud Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • 6136622475
  • 9786136622477