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Excerpt from the Melbourne Argus, 20 February 1911

Excerpt from the Melbourne Argus newspaper on 20 February 1911 titled Union Methods Tyrannical and Despotic
National Library of Australia

UNION METHODS.

"TYRANNICAL AND DESPOTIC."

"I have a wife and a family to keep, and as I am a working man it strikes me that my game is to work." This view was expressed on Saturday by a man whose class figures prominently in the dispute in the agricultural implement‑making trade. Exercising that freedom of action, which is his by right, this man, with a number of his fellows, has refrained from joining the trade union. He is still at work, and the continuance of his employment has been guaranteed to him by his employer. A thousand‑odd men, who consider that he should either be forced to join the union or be dismissed, are out on strike in support of their opinion. The difference between his position on Saturday as a non‑unionist and that of his erstwhile fellow workmen who are unionists, was that he went home with his wages in his pocket, and work to return to on Monday morning. The unionists spent their day in speculations as to when the strike would finish, and what would be received in the way of relief meanwhile.

The non‑unionist stated the position regarding the point at issue as it appeared to him. "So far as I can see," he said, "there are three reasons advanced in favour of our joining the union. First, there is the sentimental reason that the employees have formed a kind of club, and that all should join it; then it is said to be in the interest of the employees to have an organisation that will facilitate negotiations with the employer; and lastly, it is contended that all employees should belong to the union because they share in any improved conditions which the union may be instrumental in securing ..."

 

Factories and Shops Acts, Members of Special Boards (including the Agricultural Implements Board), 1907

Department of Labour
Department of Labour
The Victorian Government Gazette, 20 March 1907

DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR.

Factories and Shops Acts, Members of Special Boards,

Frederick J. Broatch,
Albert G. Dunham, and
Daniel A. McGowan

to be Members (representatives of employers), and

Richard Alexander Hogg
George Nutter, and
James White

to be Members (representatives of employees) of the Farriers Board, constituted under the provisions of the Factories and Shops Acts;

Harry Cliff,
C.D. Lennon,
John Mitchell,
James Moore, and
Hugh V. McKay

to be Members (representatives of employers), and

Richard Gustave Blomberg
John Caird,
Clarence Harding,
Francis Lyons, and
Joseph Murray Smith

to be Members (representatives of employees) of the Agricultural Implements Board, constituted under the provisions of the Factories and Shops Acts.

ROBERT S. ROGERS,
Clerk of the Executive Council.

At the Executive Council Chamber,
Melbourne, the 12th March, 1907.