Queensland labour relations 1859-2009: conflict, control and regulation

Gardner, M 2009, 'Queensland labour relations 1859-2009: conflict, control and regulation' in B. Bowden, S. Blackwood, C. Rafferty and C. Allan (ed.) Work and Strife in Paradise: The History of Labour Relations in Queensland 1859 to 2009, The Federation Press, Leichhardt, Australia, pp. 218-231.


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Title Queensland labour relations 1859-2009: conflict, control and regulation
Author(s) Gardner, M
Year 2009
Title of book Work and Strife in Paradise: The History of Labour Relations in Queensland 1859 to 2009
Publisher The Federation Press
Place of publication Leichhardt, Australia
Editor(s) B. Bowden
S. Blackwood
C. Rafferty
C. Allan
Start page 218
End page 231
Subjects Industrial Relations
Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Summary From Queensland's inception as a self-governing colony in December 1859, the issue of labour relations has preoccupied governments and shaped the experiences of its working men and women. However, despite the often turbulent nature of labour relations in Queensland, there has, prior to this book, been no attempt made to provide an overview of the system as a whole. This important addition to Queensland's sesquicentenary celebrations redresses this failure, looking at the diverse range of experiences that, together, made up a unique system of labour relations - including those of employers, women workers, Indigenous workers, unions, the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission, labour law, industrial disputation, the workings of health and safety systems and life in regional areas. It is argued that, overall Queensland's system of industrial regulation was central to its economic and social development. Despite past emphasis on the large-scale strikes that periodically raked the State, this book finds that consensus normally prevailed.
Copyright notice © Queensland Department of Employment and Industrial Relations and authors.
Keyword(s) industrial relations
Queensland labour relations
labour history
ISBN 9781862877535
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