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Overwhelmed by imports and often frustrated by a lack of capital, manufacturers wanted their fledgling businesses protected. The three-month exhibition opened with a torchlight procession up Queen St and along Karangahape Rd. Five thousand families came to see the furniture, brushware, boots, woollen cloth, soap, candles, baskets, mats, rugs, condiments, perfumes, biscuits, agricultural tools, paints, jams and preserved meats on display.
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Purpose The federation went through two distinct phases. Underlying both was a concern with the promotion of manufacturing. Until the s the need for protection was the central concern.
Focused on local rather than export markets, manufacturers sought government-imposed tariffs on imported goods.
After the government introduced an import licensing system in the s manufacturers sought to have it maintained. Within a decade, the federation and the government embarked upon the dismantling of controls, which had come to be seen as supporting inefficient businesses. Relationship with government Conservative governments were generally unsympathetic to manufacturing until the s.
When tariff protection was granted, it was piecemeal or limited. From the s, manufacturers based in Auckland and Christchurch formed a closer relationship with the conservative National Party, and lobbied forcefully to protect their place in the domestic market.
Labour governments were more focused on manufacturing, because manufacturers were important employers. The licensing became a form of industry protection. Its protective effect was increased by the disruption — and in some cases cessation — of imports during the Second World War. Sutch became head of the Department of Industries and Commerce inpromotion of industry was extended.
The department sought to foster industry and the export of manufactured goods. New Zealand manufacturers were protected from overseas competition through import licensing and tariffs. Later, export incentives, subsidised trade missions and a network of trade commissioners were all instituted. With continuing strong support from government, exports of manufactured goods to Australia, Japan, the Pacific and Asia grew rapidly. In the federation set up the Auckland-based Export Institute to take over its export work.
Membership Membership was highest in the South Island in the 19th century, then grew strongly in the upper half of the North Island as industry became concentrated around Auckland. Economic reforms In the s and s, economic reforms by both Labour- and National-led governments radically altered the position of manufacturers and their organisation.
The sector recovered in the mids, but federation membership numbers remained below the lates peak. Faced with a manufacturing boom without tariffs or licensing, the federation re-invented itself. It no longer sought protection, focusing instead on the development of manufacturing as a local and international trading sector. As part of this shift, its associations began to offer training, seminars and talks, often export-focused.
Footnotes Malcolm McKinnon, Treasury: Faced with an increasing number of strikes in the early s, the first employer associations began to meet. Act became law in these groups solidified and others formed.
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They alerted members to and advised them on critical employment issues, represented them in industrial matters, and lobbied government on issues of concern.
At the centre of this activity were the I. Act, the government and trade unions. The act and its amendments provided a framework within which employers and labour could decide wages and conditions, with the Arbitration Court acting as umpire. Members Employers, motivated by the need for representation at hearings of the Arbitration Court, joined their local association and through that the federation.
Employer associations first formed and were largest in the South Island, where industry was then concentrated. In the early s the Auckland group had over 4, members. Over decades of working within the framework created by the I.
Act, this antagonism came to be ritualistic rather than real. Penny argument Wage negotiations over an extra penny an hour for electricians took more than a year to resolve in the early s. There was no urgency — the penny an hour was already being paid to most workers, but the union wanted it written into the award. Act fostered the interdependence of employer and labour federations.
The federation was so dismayed by the pro-worker legislation passed after the election of the first Labour government —49 that a grand alliance of all business and employer groups was considered.
But the relationship was not necessarily good when conservative parties were in power. During the s the conservative National government and employers had a harmonious relationship.
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Tom Shand, minister of labour for most of the decade, sought to make changes to the industrial relations system which the Federation rejected; he in turn rejected their requests for assistance. Moving away from intervention and centralisation of industrial relations processes, the reforms began in the s and continued into the s, and were introduced by both Labour- and National-led governments. Employers found themselves in a new industrial landscape.
By the later s compulsory arbitration was virtually gone and enterprise bargaining where a particular business negotiated with its workers became possible. The federation, working with the newly formed Business Roundtable, began to actively campaign for further industrial relations reform.
The work it had done for decades was transformed, and in the s the member associations had no choice but to change. New services were offered and existing ones expanded. Negotiation, training, legal representation, industrial information, wage surveys and marketing all became available on a user-pays basis. Aroundthe organisation began to be called the Business Roundtable, and in a permanent office was set up with ex-Treasury official Roger Kerr as director.
Purpose The Business Roundtable favoured the restriction of government activity to core political functions, and open, competitive markets free of government subsidy or control.
The Roundtable argued that business should not seek government assistance. In addition to its focus on business and industrial relations, the Roundtable advocated change in welfare, health, education, government structures, accident compensation and the tax system.
It recommended deregulation, privatisation of many government activities, and lower taxes, all with the aim of limiting government. U-shaped table The table around which the Business Roundtable meets is not round. A U-shape is preferred but, as meetings move from centre to centre, whatever is available is used. Membership Membership of the Roundtable is by invitation. Members have usually been chief executives of large companies. They represent public and private companies both New Zealand- and overseas-ownedcooperatives and state-owned enterprises.
In a group of 53 made up the Roundtable. Its influence lessened between and During this period the Roundtable had a far closer relationship with the National Party, the main opposition political party at the time. Through its regional organisations, it represented 14, companies. Purpose Business New Zealand represented the views of private-sector employers. Its concerns were international competitiveness; the balance between employment, economic and environmental legislation; and limiting compliance and tax demands on business.
The CMA had withdrawn from Business New Zealand, wanting a greater focus on manufacturing and exporting than the organisation provided. Sector and trade groups Sector and trade organisations represent the interests of whole industries, such as fishing; whole sectors, like retailing; and trades, such as plumbers or builders. To further the establishment of peace and goodwill in international relations. To further these objects by meetings, lectures, discussions and other activities.
To promote fellowship and understanding between Round Table Associations worldwide; To promote the formation of new Round Table Associations throughout the world; To initiate, develop and improve working relationships with Club 41 International and Ladies Circle International for fellowship, networking and Joint Service objectives; To promote and administer Joint Service Projects worldwide.
The founder, Louis Marchesiwas a young member of Norwich Rotary Club who felt there was a need for a club aimed more at the younger businessmen of the town. His vision was for them to exchange ideas, learn from the experiences of their colleagues, and together contribute to the civic life of the town.
In the following 12 months, interest was so high that the club attracted 85 members, and people around the country were starting to show an interest in establishing other clubs. From the beginning, the Round Table was a non-religious, non-political, and non-sectarian club, an ethos that still underpins the movement today.
The second Round Table club opened soon after in Portsmouth and then the idea really took off—by the time the Second World War broke out in there were clubs and 4, members. The first overseas group was formed in Copenhagen inand while the movement continued to grow in Denmark, the war years halted British expansion for a while. The existing clubs held strong, however, and when the war was over the momentum grew once again as clubs were chartered all over Britain.
Today, in the United Kingdom, there are local Round Tables, with a combined membership of close to In fact, there are Round Table clubs on every continent. The design of the Round Table emblem or rondel see above is, however, an adaptation of the one which hangs in the Great Hall in Winchester Castle. Although this is claimed to be the Round Table of the mythical court of King Arthurit is in fact a representation which was made in the 13th century, and painted in its current form on the order of Henry VIII.
In the wives of Tablers set up their own social networking and charitable fundraising organisation - Ladies Circle. This was founded by and for wives of Tablers, however is now open to all women aged 18 to Retiring Round Tablers have their own club, 41 Club.
What Round Table members do[ edit ] 1. Socialising[ edit ] The association promotes fellowship amongst young professional and business men, i.Introduction to Christian Business Roundtable