National Union Of Plantation Workers :The History Of The Plantation Workers Of Malaya 1946-1958

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Published by Donald Moore for Eastern Universities Press Ltd, Singapore, 1962
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'xii, 292 pages, size 8.5 inches tall by 6 inches. 'This book is concerned with the evolution of the trade union movement in Malaya and Singapore during the formative years 1946-1950. It is the first full-length study of its kind to deal with such a subject within the framework of post-war Malayan politics, history, sociology, race relations, and labour economics. Its sub-title, A Study In Colonial Labour Unrest, indicates the theme which pervades the book from its first to its last page. To some extent, it also adds a new facet to the demand for self government by the Malayan people. Deliberately written in a non-technical style, so that it may be read with equal interest by the layman, economist, sociologist, and political scientist, the book offers new knowledge to further the understanding of the general un-rest which permeated the Malayan labour movement soon after World War II. It also indicates a further aspect of what came to be known as "the Emergency" the bitter struggle between the Malayan Government and the Malayan Communist Party. This book .describes the origins, growth and development of a trade union movement in the plantations industry of Malaya. Rubber has always been the mainstay of the Malayan economy and the rubber tappers have been the human instrument to collect such natural wealth. The tappers came originally as contract labour from South India. The rubber estates became their new home; even their village. The plantation workers whether rubber tappers, tea pickers or palm oil estates labour found their economic position always linked to the fluctuations of the world price of rubber. Social, economic and even political problems had to be faced by these people. They experienced hardship and loneliness. Their lot was later shared with smaller groups of Chinese and Malays. In this book it is shown how these men and women faced up to their difficulties and how eventually, through unionization and under the dynamic leadership of the National Union of Plantation Workers, solved many of their human, social and economic problems, to become the most highly organized plantation workers in Asia. Trade unionism here shows itself not only as an instrument to improve upon the wages of labour, but also how it can be a beneficial force for social change.' Book - [SEE SCAN] - in Fine [much better than Very Good bright blue boards with gilt lettering. Contents, some browning to the front and rear free endpaper, light speckling to the extreme top page edges and faint spotting to the pastedowns otherwise clean, bright and tightly bound. Dust Jacket - [SEE SCAN] - There 2 dust wrappers - the first has been protected by the second and so is in Near Fine [better than Very Good] condition with just some minor closed tears to the edges and the orange colouring to the wrapper remains bright and distinct [which usually fades but has been protected by the second wrapper]. The second dust jacket has a piece missing to the back top edge, repaired to verso, minor loss to the extreme corners, fading to the orange colouring and some browning. A Rare Title. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 201-750 grams. Category: Farming & Rural Life; Business & Finance; Countries & Travel; Economics; History. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 004877. Bookseller Inventory # 004877

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Title: National Union Of Plantation Workers :The ...

Publisher: Donald Moore for Eastern Universities Press Ltd, Singapore

Publication Date: 1962

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

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