To What Extent Was Australia In The 1900's

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Was Australia in the 1900’s was a “working man’s paradise”? What conditions for both men and women would support or disprove this opinion? In the 1900’s, Australia was described as a “working man’s paradise.” To some Australian workers this proved to be true, but to many others it did not. Issues to be discussed include firstly the hours of work and worker’s wages, secondly the working conditions, worker’s rights and treatment and finally the equality between different workers. This essay is a discussion of different sides of workers; men and woman, and those who had better working conditions, wages, treatment etc. while others did not. During the early twentieth century, one must conclude that countries at this time did not lead…show more content…
Working conditions and treatment in the work place at this time were harsh, poor and inadequate. Reforms that had been introduced were frequently ignored by employers. The hours were extensive and they worked for little pay. Yet the workers did not complain in fear of being sacked. Even though unions had moved to improve the rights, justice and conditions of the workplace, it was not surprising that many workers were sacked for simply joining the unions. In the cities, many of the people worked in factories. Some employers and factory owners treated their employees well; they paid them above the minimum wage with good working conditions but in other cases, the workers were being treated like slaves. The temperature of the factories would rise in hotter seasons, sometimes rising above 40ºC, working between 8am to 6om, working to and fro work. Inquiries for better working conditions or wages were dismissed and so were the workers. The government introduced acts to solve the work disputes to inspect working conditions, but they often viewed and pointed out the workers’ duties rather than rights. Some argued, saying if working conditions took first place problems would be better
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