Story: Unions and employee organisations

Compulsory conciliation

Compulsory conciliation

Neither the employer kneeling on the left nor the pipe-smoking worker on the right appears very comfortable in this 1894 cartoon. William Pember Reeves, minister of labour and of justice, brings them together under his newly-formed compulsory arbitration system, a world first which provoked much discontent but survived in some form for the next 80 years.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-312-8-005
Cartoon by Ashley Hunter

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Erik Olssen, 'Unions and employee organisations - Reviving the unions, 1890–1913', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

Story by Erik Olssen, published 11 Mar 2010