Launch: Labour History and the “Coolie Question”

Edited by Diane Kirkby and Sophie Loy-Wilson, this special issue of Labour History (no. 113, November 2017) will be launched by Julia Martínez on …

6–7pm (EST), Friday, 8 December 2017, Faculty of Law Boardroom, level 5, Building 5B, UTS, Haymarket NSW 2000.

A substantial body of research in labour history explores the relationship between capitalism, racialisation and categories of free and unfree labour. The papers gathered here bring this important research to the foreground in an exploration of the “coolie question.” By grappling with the history of Asian indentured labour systems, the authors help us better understand contemporary debates over labour rights and labour migration. Click here for more information.

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ASSLH Annual General Meeting

4–6pm (EST), Friday, 8 December 2017, Faculty of Law Boardroom, level 5, Building 5B, UTS, Haymarket NSW 2000.

The meeting will be longer than usual because we have important decisions to make about the future of ASSLH and its journal, Labour History.

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Annual ASSLH/Sydney Branch Dinner

7pm (EST), Golden Century Restaurant, 393–99 Sussex Street, Sydney NSW 2000.

Join us for ASSLH’s annual dinner which we share with members of the Sydney Branch. This year, we will dine in the heart of Chinatown. The restaurant offers a banquet for $55. While there is no vegetarian banquet, you’ll find plenty of meat-free options on the menu at Payment on the night.

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The History of the Australian Minimum Wage

Written by Reg Hamilton, this work brings together, probably for the first time, the  Australian Basic Wage, National Wage and Safety Net decisions of the last 100 years, together with each of the movements in the Australian minimum wage. Click here to download it. The decisions and orders that established and varied the Australian minimum wage are now available online and can be accessed here from the Fair Work Commission website.


Greg Patmore, Worker Voice: Employee Representation in the Workplace in Australia, Canada, Germany, the UK and the US 1914–1939

This book informs debates about worker participation in the workplace by analysing comparative historical data relating to these ideas during the inter-war period in Australia, Canada, Germany, the UK and the US. The issue is topical because of the contemporary shift to a workplace focus in many countries without a corresponding development of infrastructure at the workplace level, and because of the growing “representation gap” as union membership declines. Click here for more information.