Conspiracy and Protection of Property Act, 1875

Reproduced here is an extract from the Conspiracy and Protection of Property Bill with draft amendments proposed during its passage through Parliament. Under its terms a trade union could be prosecuted for intimidation and acts of violence, but not for activities that would be legal if performed by an individual. Since individuals were entitled to stop work, this meant that unions could organise strikes without fear of prosecution. With the passing of the Act in 1875, peaceful picketing also became lawful.
HLRO Main Papers (House Bill) (1875)

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