Story: Strikes and labour disputes

Anti-Employment Contracts Act poster, 1991

Anti-Employment Contracts Act poster, 1991

The 1991 Employment Contracts Act allowed anyone, not just a union, to negotiate on behalf of employees. Unions regarded the Act as an attack on working conditions. This poster, produced by the Auckland branch of the journalists’ union JAGPRO, uses the graphic imagery of a romance comic to argue that workers need the protection of their union.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-C-ROTH-Labour-1991-01

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Mark Derby, 'Strikes and labour disputes - Legislation from the 1990s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 September 2021)

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