Labour History: A Journal of Labour and Social History

Job Control and Commonwealth Industrial Relations Policy: The 1920-21 Strike and Lockout of the Federated Marine Stewards and Pantrymen’s Association.

Labour History: A Journal of Labour and Social History (2000), 78, (1), 163–178.

Abstract

This article describes the 1920-21 strike of the Federated Marine Stewards and Pantryman’s Association (FMSPA), the only major industrial conflict directly initiated by this now defunct organisation in its 70-year history.The author explains this episode in the evolution of Commonwealth industrial relations policy and its response to maritime union activism. The basic thesis of the article is that the 1920-21 FMSPA lockout and strike was an inconclusive battle between capital and labour which tested the interventionary mettle of W.M. Hughes’ Nationalist government as well as the special leverage of workers in the island continent’s maritime transport chain. The ramifications of this major dispute were to reverberate in later struggles and its study advances the explanatory understanding of ‘job control’ and state intervention in industrial relations.

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Morris, Richard

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