Story: Women’s labour organisations

Opposition to the charter (2nd of 2)

Opposition to the charter

Once the Federation of Labour and the Labour Party had adopted the Working Women’s Charter’s provisions as policy in 1980 opposition was very active. The anti-abortion lobby and traditional churches led a campaign that included the claim that the charter was a communist document. This pamphlet was produced by a group calling itself ‘The Tortoises’, who believed the family was threatened by ‘inherently totalitarian forces’.

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Megan Cook, 'Women’s labour organisations - Women and unions, 1970s–2020s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 June 2024)

Story by Megan Cook, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 20 Dec 2022