Was Australia A Workingman's Paradise Analysis

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Was Australia a workingman’s paradise? Up to 1914 many Australians had come to admit that the country had developed into a working man’s paradise due to conditions for working people had improved so much. People pack then assume a workingman’s paradise to mean a place that has better conditions for only Australians. There are arguments supporting but also opposing this statement. In order to make a final judgement, there are four main key aspects to be discussed. Firstly, the working hours. Secondly, the wages for working people Thirdly, the controversy for the right to fair treatment of women, indigenous aborigines and foreigners during the 19th century and finally the working conditions. This paper pursue to prove that even though working…show more content…
Before the establishment of 8 Hours Day, many workers especially male workers worked for at least 10hrs a day for six days. During 1900’s, Australians only have to work for eight hours per day, this decision was actually conducted by a man called ‘Robert Owen’, in 1817. He started a campaign to have people work no more than 8 hours per day and his slogan was “Eight hours labour, eight hours recreation, eight hours rest.” And, Ford was the first company to give double pay and cut shifts to eight hours a day and then other companies followed, the move was very…show more content…
Long hours of working in unsafe factories and harsh working environment lead to a result, unions were formed in each colony and developed a system whereby unions from one colony collaborated with unions in other colonies. Trade Union is an organisation of workers who join together to try to achieve better working conditions and higher wages. Trade unionism gained legislation from Arbitration and Conciliation, welfare benefits were enshrined in law shortly after the turn of the 20th century. Women’s basic rights were acknowledged. Australia was displayed as a workingman’s

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