Challenging the ‘Slave-Driving Employers’: Understanding Victoria's 1896 Minimum Wage through a World-History Approach

@article{Lake2014ChallengingT,
  title={Challenging the ‘Slave-Driving Employers’: Understanding Victoria's 1896 Minimum Wage through a World-History Approach},
  author={M. Lake},
  journal={Australian Historical Studies},
  year={2014},
  volume={45},
  pages={102 - 87}
}
  • M. Lake
  • Published 2014
  • Economics
  • Australian Historical Studies
In 1896 the colony of Victoria introduced the world's first legal minimum wage that also extended to adult men. It was much discussed around the world by commentators who saw its significance in terms of its radical break with the past. Traditionally conceptualised as an outcome of a domestic anti-sweating movement that focused on the exploitation of women and children in the clothing industry, I suggest that the radical innovation of the minimum wage is best explained if we adopt a world… Expand
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