Labour History

‘In Bramble of Chicanery Belated Justice Stands’: Early Judicial Interpretations of the Factories and Shops Act 1896 (Vic)

Labour History (2009), 96, (1), 39–55.

Abstract

In the late nineteenth century the Victorian judiciary carried out the policy objective of the parliament to respond to the evil of sweating without jeopardising economic recovery or promulgating a living wage. It did this through a legally formalistic interpretation of the Factories and Shops Act 1896 which precluded the backpayment of underpaid employees, rejected a universal living wage and any significant role in setting economic policy. The bench effectively complemented the approach of the legislature which wished to avoid a fully-blown system of arbitration.

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Price, Rohan

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