Story: Unions and employee organisations

Slaying the sweating monster

Slaying the sweating monster

‘Take that!’ In this 1892 cartoon the heroic Harriet Morison, secretary of the Tailoresses Union, leads the charge against the monster of ‘sweating’ – low-paid factory work, usually done by women and young people. Morison’s energy helped to raise wages and establish standard conditions for tailoresses (female clothing workers) in many parts of New Zealand.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: H-713-106
Cartoon by William Blomfield

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Erik Olssen, 'Unions and employee organisations - Gain and loss, 1880–1890', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/cartoon/22257/slaying-the-sweating-monster (accessed 11 August 2020)

Story by Erik Olssen, published 11 Mar 2010