Two-thirds of a Man: Women & Arbitration in New South Wales, 1902-08
Edna Ryan investigates the beginnings of compulsory arbitration in Australia. She concludes that the opposition of the socialists and radicals to arbitration was irrelevant. Far more important to labour's hopes and aspirations was the failure of labour activists and unionists at the time to recognise women as an integral section of the working class. Denied the right to work or, if they did, discriminated against in wages and conditions, women became cheap labour : a boon to capitalism and a handicap to the working class.
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