Merritt, John
November 1962
Bulletin of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour Histo;Nov1962, Issue 3, p5
Academic Journal
The article discusses the involvement of George Foster Pearce as a leader of the Perth Building Trades strike of 1897, before he served as Minister for Defense in four Labor Governments and defected from the Australian Labor Party. An investigation of the strike is said to reveal the general conditions of the Western Australian labor movement. It is suggested that Pearce's political philosophy formed out of his experiences as a trade union leader and spokesman. He supported improved working conditions and fair treatment of wage earners. Pearce's role in demanding a minimum wage as president of the Carpenters Union is discussed.


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