Mauritius 1938: the origins of a milestone in colonial trade union legislation

Croucher, Richard ORCID logoORCID: and McIlroy, John (2013) Mauritius 1938: the origins of a milestone in colonial trade union legislation. Labor History, 54 (3) . pp. 223-239. ISSN 0023-656X [Article] (doi:10.1080/0023656X.2013.804268)


This article analyses the socio-political interactions which shaped an early colonial union statute that constituted a milestone because of its early passage, draconian nature and wider influence in the Empire. We analyse the interactions between the Governor on the one hand and local and international actors on the other to create the first trade union law in Mauritius. The law had wider effects in the Empire. Colonial Office officials pressured the Governor to overcome local resistance to legislation, but this opposition and his attitudes influenced the law’s content.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online: 14 Jun 2013.
Keywords (uncontrolled): Labour legislation; Mauritius; International Labour Organisation; trade unions
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations > Employment Relations group
A. > Business School
Item ID: 8670
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Depositing User: Devika Mohan
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2012 06:45
Last Modified: 17 May 2020 14:43

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