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The origins of worker mobilisation : Australia 1788-1850

Author: Michael Quinlan
Publisher: New York, NY : Routledge, ©2018 [2018]
Series: Routledge studies in employment and work relations in context.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This is a book on how and why workers come together. Almost coincident with its inception, worker organisation is a central and enduring element of capitalism. In the 19th and 20th centuries' mobilisation by workers played a substantial role in reshaping critical elements of these societies in Europe, North America, Australasia and elsewhere including the introduction of minimum labour standards (living wage rates,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Quinlan, Michael.
Origins of Worker Mobilisation.
London : Taylor and Francis, 2017
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Quinlan
ISBN: 9781315111957 1315111950 9781351620567 1351620568
OCLC Number: 1004970046
Description: 1 online resource : text file, PDF.
Contents: Chapter 1 Reconsidering the Collective Impulse and the Colonial Context / Michael Quinlan --
chapter 2 Law, the Courts and Inequality at Work / Michael Quinlan --
chapter 3 Overview of Worker Organisation, 1788-1850 / Michael Quinlan --
chapter 4 Analysing the Components of Organisation / Michael Quinlan --
chapter 5 Organisation in Transport and Maritime Activities / Michael Quinlan --
chapter 6 Organisation in the Rural and Extractives Sectors / Michael Quinlan --
chapter 7 Organisation in Construction and Building Materials / Michael Quinlan --
chapter 8 Organisation in Manufacturing and Related Trades / Michael Quinlan --
chapter 9 Organisation in Government and Community Services / Michael Quinlan --
chapter 10 Organisation in Commercial, Personal Services and Retailing / Michael Quinlan --
chapter 11 Peak and Political Organisation / Michael Quinlan --
chapter 12 Re-Evaluating Worker Mobilisation / Michael Quinlan.
Series Title: Routledge studies in employment and work relations in context.
Responsibility: Michael Quinlan.

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"This is a book on how and why workers come together. Almost coincident with its inception, worker organisation is a central and enduring element of capitalism. In the 19th and 20th centuries' mobilisation by workers played a substantial role in reshaping critical elements of these societies in Europe, North America, Australasia and elsewhere including the introduction of minimum labour standards (living wage rates, maximum hours etc), workplace safety and compensation laws and the rise of welfare state more generally. Notwithstanding setbacks in recent decades, worker organisation represents a pivotal countervailing force to moderate the excesses of capitalism and is likely to become even more influential as the social consequences of rising global inequality become more manifest. Indeed, instability and periodic shifts in the respective influence of capital and labour are endemic to capitalism. As formal institutions have declined in some countries or unions outlawed and severely repressed in others, there has been growing recognition of informal strike activity by workers and wider alliances between unions and community organisations in others. While such developments are seen as new they aren't. Indeed, understanding of worker organisation is often ahistorical and even those understandings informed by historical research are, this book will argue, in need of revision. This book provides a new perspective on and new insights into how and why workers organise, and what shapes this organisation. The Origins of Worker Mobilisation will be key reading for scholars, academics and policy makers the fields of industrial relations, HRM, labour economics, labour history and related disciplines."--Provided by publisher.

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"This is a truly path-breaking study of the collective impulse among workers, with important pointers for the global historiography of labour." Terry Irving, University of Wollongong, Read more...

 
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