Story: Strikes and labour disputes

Number of strikes, 1920-2007

There were sharp increases in the number of strikes in 1951 (during the nationwide waterfront dispute) and the 1980s (due to a decline in the influence of the compulsory arbitration system). However, the number of industrial disputes in New Zealand has generally been low by world standards.

Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

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Mark Derby, 'Strikes and labour disputes - Legislation from the 1990s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 January 2022)

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