Story: Unions and employee organisations

The gentleman from Russia

The gentleman from Russia

After the failed 1913 strike, unions and their supporters looked increasingly towards political parties as the path to social progress. Their links with overseas socialist organisations terrified other sections of society, who feared a move towards violent revolution. In this 1919 cartoon, a smooth-talking agitator introduces two society ladies, representing Australia and New Zealand, to an evil and unkempt Russian Bolshevik. The pamphlet in his pocket reads ‘Victimisation of women, no church’.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-313-3-025
Cartoon by Thomas Ellis Glover

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Erik Olssen, 'Unions and employee organisations - Red Feds, 1913 strike and Alliance of Labour, 1913–35', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2024)

Story by Erik Olssen, published 11 Mar 2010