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General increase of wages falls upon consumers of products, and in no way encroaches upon rent or profits of Capitalists.

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Johnston, Robert Mackenzie (1890) General increase of wages falls upon consumers of products, and in no way encroaches upon rent or profits of Capitalists. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 208-231. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

It is necessary to review the arguments of Mr. Ogilvy, in so far as they are
supposed to touch upon my former paper on Strikes and
their Influence upon Wages.
We are substantially in agreement in the view stated by me
in my former paper, that a strike may be the means of successfully
raising the status of some branches of labour that
are comparatively under-paid or over-worked; it may raise
the real wages of a particular country or locality which formerly
laboured under the average remuneration of other
countries; it may be the means of forcing the capitalist or
employer to give a fairer or larger share of the profits of capital
and labour—i.e., machinery, plant, skill, and labour.
Of late years, through
the improved condition of labour, some of the labourers had
been able to make savings which accumulated so that they
could do for a certain time without actual labour.
This was the secret of the source and success of
all strikes.
The main question at issue was whether it was
possible by the present appliances to produce a great deal
more of the articles necessary for life and comfort than
was produced previously; if so, by labourers having the
means of getting a larger share in the products their condition
would undoubtedly be improved.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 208-231
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2013 23:04
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 01:07
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