Work and Strife in Paradise: The History of Labour Relations in Queensland 1859-2009

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Bradley Bowden
Federation Press, 2009 - Business & Economics - 335 pages
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From Queensland's inception as a self-governing colony in December 1859 the issue of labour relations has preoccupied governments and shaped the experiences of its working men and women. However, despite the often turbulent nature of labour relations in Queensland there has, prior to this book, been no attempt to provide an overview of the system as a whole. This important addition to Queensland's sesquicentenary celebrations redresses this failure, looking at the diverse range of experiences that, together, made up a unique system of labour relations - including those of employers, women workers, indigenous workers, unions, the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission, labour law, industrial disputation, the workings of health and safety system and life in regional areas. It is argued that, overall, Queensland's system of industrial regulation was central to its economic and social development. Despite past emphasis on the large-scale strikes that periodically raked the state this book finds that consensus normally prevailed.
 

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Contents

Chapter 2
22
Chapter 3
36
Chapter 5
71
Chapter 6
95
Chapter 7
109
A Role for Government in Setting Minimum Employment
113
Chapter 8
131
Fighting for the stolen wages
144
Appendix 3
239
Appendix 17
243
Appendix 6
245
Employee Organisations Officially Registered with
251
Appendix 7
264
Appendix 8
273
Appendix 13
281
Appendix 16
290

Womens work in the early 21st century
158
Chapter 11
183
Chapter 12
202
Chapter 13
218
Appendix 1
233
Industrial Disputation Working Days Lost per 1000
292
Queensland Labour Force by Industry 19471981 per cent
305
Appendix 24
321
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