Story: Strikes and labour disputes

Domestic Workers’ Union, 1908

Domestic Workers’ Union, 1908

The Domestic Workers’ Union, representing house servants, cleaners and other domestic staff, sent a list of questions to all candidates in the 1908 general election asking their support to extend their award to cover all domestic workers. The Industrial Conciliation and Arbitration Act 1894 encouraged the formation of many new unions, because employers were then legally required to negotiate with them. The act also meant that many workers became union members for the first time.

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Reference: Eph-B-LABOUR-1908-01

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Mark Derby, 'Strikes and labour disputes - The Industrial Conciliation and Arbitration Act', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/ephemera/20475/domestic-workers-union-1908 (accessed 24 February 2020)

Story by Mark Derby, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Mar 2016