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    South Australia - Industrial Relations


    For a history of banking and bank unionism in South Australia see
    G.H. & H.R. Manning, Worth Fighting For
    Also see Banking and Finance.

    An editorial on bank clerks is in the Observer,
    18 May 1878, page 11b.
    A satirical poem on them is in the Observer,
    31 May 1879, page 19d.

    Bank clerks and their poor living standards are the subject of diverse comment in the Register - see
    22, 24 and 25 August 1882, pages 1c (supp.), 7a and 6c,
    2, 7, 11, 13 and 15 September 1882, pages 1e-f (supp.), 2e (supp.), 6e, 6f and 7a:

    "Our Future - By a Bank Clerk" is in the Register, 9 November 1882, page 6b.

    Further comment on the sad lot of bank clerks is made in the Register of 30 December 1882 (supp.), page 1d:

    "Our Future - By a Bank Clerk" is an entertaining dissertation on the plight of bank clerks and appears in the Register,
    9 November 1882, page 6b; also see
    13 February 1883 (supp.), page 2a,
    28 February 1883, page 6c,
    3 and 5 March 1883, pages 6g and 6c:

    Further comment is made in the Register, 8 June 1883, page 7d:

    An opinion of bank clerks is proffered in the Observer, 20 October 1883, page 25d:

    "Honesty - Worth How Much?" is in the Register,
    25 May 1886, page 4h,
    "Bank Clerks, Their Salaries and Honesty" on
    28 May 1886, page 7h.

    "Hours of Labour" is in the Register, 7 March 1888 at page 6h:

    The plight of this profession was again to the fore in 1889 - see Register,
    26 February, page 7f,
    1, 2, 9, 11 and 16 March, pages 7a, 6c-7g, 6g, 7e and 7a:

    It is really astounding to observe the philosophical manner in which the clerks tolerate these impudent taxes... The aim of the directors is plainly to shovel the profits into the pockets of the shareholders without paying the smallest heed to the pecuniary advancement of bank clerks...
    11 December 1889, page 7c; also see
    13 December 1889, page 7b.)

    Further correspondence followed, including details of the iniquitous "fidelity levy" - see Register, 17 (2 letters), 18, 20, 23 and 28 December 1889, pages 7g, 6g, 3h, 7f and 7c:

    Another complaint on bankers' working conditions is in the Register, 23 July 1892 (supp.), page 2c:

    Information on clerks' salaries is in the Register,
    18 May 1900, page 7g and
    a proposal to form a clerks' union in Great Britain on
    29 March 1902, page 8e.

    Mr A.R. Addison reflects upon persecution while employed by the National Bank in the Register,
    24 November 1904, page 4f.

    "Clerks and Unionism" is in The Herald,
    5 December 1908, page 9b.

    Some formative moves in respect of "Bank Clerks and Unionism" are reported in the Advertiser,
    19 October 1909, page 6e.

    "Bank Clerks - Marriage Restricted" is in the Register,
    18 October 1913, page 15b,
    "Into the Mire - Bank Clerk's Lapse" on
    7 April 1914, page 9d.

    A former bank manager gives his opinion of females entering the industry in the Register, 9 September 1916, page 7d:

    A photograph of the committee of the SA Bank Officials' Association is in the Chronicle,
    19 May 1928, page 42.

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