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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 81

Contemporary Legislation

Contemporary Legislation.

8. In other parts of the British Empire the State has more actively interfered, and legislation has gone along three separate lines, which are as follow:—
(a)That of providing no prohibition against strikes or lock-out, but merely providing for the fixing of a minimum wage for the several trades, as in the Victorian Act of 1896. There is no law against strikes or lock-out in Victoria.
(b)The second line is that of making strikes illegal until the Court of Compulsory Arbitration has heard and decided the dispute. Then there may be either a strike or lock-out. This was out law when the Act of 1905 was passed It is the law in Canada to-day, unde their Act of 1907, except that if there the workmen agree in writing to [unclear: o] bound by the award a strike thereafter is illegal, and punishable with fine [unclear: o] imprisonment.
(c)The third line is that of directly penalising strikes made before or after an award. This is the law in New South Wales. It is also in effect the Common wealth statute, and that of the Western Australian Statute, and those [unclear: c] other States.