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Shearers’ notice, 1873

Shearers’ notice, 1873

This notice in the Timaru Herald states that North Otago shearers have passed a resolution not to work for less than £1 (20 shillings) per 100 sheep, and invites Timaru shearers to cooperate. Rural workers exercised their power by grouping together and withholding labour if they were not fairly paid. Shearers in the eastern South Island in the 1870s were the first New Zealand rural workers to form unions.

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Reference: Timaru Herald, 31 October 1873, p. 2

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Carl Walrond, 'Rural workers - Grain and crops', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 April 2024)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Nov 2008