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Printed balance sheet of the Maritime Strike Fund

From the Collection of Unions Ballarat 24 Camp Street Ballarat Victoria

Description
Paper in folder.
Object Registration
0017
Keywords
maritime strike, btlc, ballarat trades and labour council, unions, strikes, victorian trades hall council, vthc, mercantile marine officers' association, ballarat trades hall
Historical information
The 1890 Maritime Strike: marine officers walked out because shipowners would not negotiate terms and conditions of employment whilst the Mercantile Marine Officers' Association was affiliated with the Victorian Trades Hall Council. Union officials proposed to disaffiliate on the condition that employers would agree to meet and reach a compromise with union delegates. The shipowners refusal to meet triggered strike action.
When Made
1890
Significance
The Maritime Strike demonstrates an historical example of an employer's attempt to undermine workplace unionism. Parallels (i.e. employers attempting to weaken union power) have been drawn between this and the Australian waterfront dispute of 1998.
Last updated
8 Jun 2016 at 10:09AM