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Registering InterestWaterfront Labour Relations in New Zealand, 1953 to 2000$
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James Reveley

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780973007350

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780973007350.001.0001

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Unions and the Bureau System

Unions and the Bureau System

(p.7) Chapter 1 Unions and the Bureau System
Registering Interest

James Reveley

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines how the interaction between waterfront labour market actors was structured by a local ‘bureau’ system, which favoured an internal labour market at each individual port. It claims that if this scheme had been abolished after the 1951 dispute, the division between strong unions and disenfranchised labourers would not have been so severe. The author attempts to demonstrate that the labour markets of each port became systems of organised conflict

Keywords:   Watersiders, Waterfront Industry Act 1953, Waterfront Workers’ Union, Waterfront Workers’ Federation, Waterfront Control Commission

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