[Freedom of contract] [16 May 1891]

[Editor: This extract from an article, “Parliament of Labour: Doings at the Ballarat Trades and Labour Congress”, shows that the unions of 1891 shared similar issues with the unions of modern times. Published in The Worker, 16 May 1891.]

On the seventh (and last) day of sitting the following motions were carried nem. con.:—

By Mr. J. D. Fitzgerald — “That this congress cannot but regard the attempted enforcement of the system of alleged ‘freedom of contract’ throughout Australasia as a masked conspiracy to crush unionism, and challenges the employers to an open and public conference on the subject, in order that there may be no misunderstanding.”



Source:
The Worker (Brisbane, Qld.), Saturday 16 May 1891, pages 6-7 [extracts are from page 7, column 2]

A report on the same motion was previously published in :
The Bendigo Advertiser (Bendigo, Vic.), Thursday 30 April 1891, page 3
See also:
The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, NSW), 9 May 1891, p. 13

Editor’s notes:
nem. con = (Latin) an abbreviation of “nemine contradicente” (“no-one contradicting”), used to indicate that there was no dissent, or that a matter was agreed to unanimously or without opposition

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