Story: Strikes and labour disputes

Illegal pamphlet, 1951 waterfront dispute (1st of 3)

Illegal pamphlet, 1951 waterfront dispute

All publications supporting the watersiders’ position during the 1951 dispute were banned under special government regulations. The wharfies used hidden printing presses and a network of secret supporters to produce and distribute their information. This pamphlet, illustrated by Max Bollinger, names the members of the Wellington watersiders’ union who were ‘scabs’ (strike-breakers).

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-A-LABOUR-1951-04-front

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Mark Derby, 'Strikes and labour disputes - The 1951 waterfront dispute', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2023)

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