Maritime Strike 1890
The Maritime Strike of 1890 was precipitated by the refusal of ship-owners to allow the Maritime Officers to affiliate to the Melbourne Trades Hall Council. It quickly became the first great conflict between labour and capital in Australia and New Zealand, pitting the principle of unionism against freedom of contract. It involved seamen, waterside workers, shearers, miners, carters and drivers and other trades.
Created: 8 November 2004, Last modified: 28 June 2005