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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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posted on 2023-11-22, 10:37 authored by Robert Mackenzie Johnston
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.

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Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania

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208-231

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0080-4703

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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..

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