'Harmony ... between the employer and employed': Employer support for union formation in Brisbane, 1857-90

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Title 'Harmony ... between the employer and employed': Employer support for union formation in Brisbane, 1857-90
Author Bowden, Bradley
Journal Name Labour History
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australian Society for the Study of Labour History
Abstract While there has been much research on union formation there has been little analysis of the ways in which employers assisted this process. This paper contends that such support was a precondition for union success in Brisbane prior to the mid-1880s. Employers supported unionism for different reasons, with motives changing over time. Prior to the late 1870s the unions' principal sponsors were the major employers in the trade each union organised. These employers supported unionism because industrial regulation suited their business interests. After 1879, the employers who assumed union leadership roles were largely driven by ideological sympathies rather than financial considerations. Under such leaders the union movement pursued an increasingly independent course.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://asslh.org.au/journal/contents-and-abstracts/journal-contents-no-97/journal-abstracts-no-97/
Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Australian Society for the Study of Labour History. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 97
Issue Number Nov 2009
Page from 105
Page to 122
ISSN 0023-6942
Date Accessioned 2010-01-15
Date Available 2010-07-06T07:00:55Z
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Industrial Relations; PRE2009-Economic History
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/30437
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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