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The Industrial Conciliation and Arbitration Act 1894

The Industrial Conciliation and Arbitration Act 1894

The Industrial Conciliation and Arbitration Act 1894 introduced compulsory arbitration of disputes between unionised workers and their employers. The law was a world first. At different times, both employers and unions were sceptical of its merits, but it lasted for most of the next 80 years.

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Lewis Evans, 'Law and the economy - Employment law', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/cartoon/25628/the-industrial-conciliation-and-arbitration-act-1894 (accessed 28 October 2021)

Story by Lewis Evans, published 11 Mar 2010