History of Unions and Their Relevance in the current Society
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of Unions and Their Relevance in the current Society
Following the lead of Britain from where
many of the initial settlers came, employees in a variety of occupations banded
together to form unions. Ship authors, boat builders, tailors, bakers and
carpenters were one of the primary craft unions type in Australia before 1848.
By forming an association employees could
obtain better wages and working conditions. Nevertheless the employers wanted
the highest profit margins so wanted to maintain wages low and spend little
money on the working environment. Regulations of source and demand in the labour
market often motivated which group was dominant.
A third element in the total amount in Australia
was the government. An effective strike by newspaper personnel in 1829 for
better wages and conditions led to the Masters and Servants Action being
implemented which discriminated against the employees, who could possibly be gaoled