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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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Labour Relations in the Conventional Cargo Era

Labour Relations in the Conventional Cargo Era

(p.55) Chapter 3 Labour Relations in the Conventional Cargo Era
Registering Interest

James Reveley

Liverpool University Press

This chapter considers the labour relations during the conventional cargo era, twenty years before the introduction of the container industry. Reveley argues in depth that companies that hired watersiders were disempowered by the structure of the labour market. The chapter is divided into subsections as follows: Bargaining Structures; Union Bargaining Strategies; The Employers, Bargaining, and the WIT; The Unions Amalgamate Nationally; Work Relations and Managerial Control Strategies; Management Through the Wages System; Workplace Bargaining Over “Rates”; Informal Work Practices; and Labour Productivity and Costs. The chapter concludes by stating that though employers could individually profit from these circumstances, collectively they were in a worse position than the strengthened unions, and that this status quo, despite bargaining efforts, remained so at the start of containerisation.

Keywords:   Union Steam Ship Company, Waterfront Industry Act 1953, Waterfront Industry Tribunal, Watersiders, Containerisation

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