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Maritime strike


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(1890)

A shipping, mining, and shearing strike in Australia. It was a time of economic depression and workers were fighting for trade union recognition (including the “closed shop”), although other issues were also involved. The unions were defeated, some collapsing completely. This defeat has been seen as being a catalyst in the development of the labour movement and the formation of the Australian Labor Party.

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