Story: Unions and employee organisations

Miners’ union banner

Miners’ union banner

A vision of working-class harmony and ease appears on the magnificent banner of the Westport District Gold Miners’ Industrial Union of Workers, made in 1899. A sturdy pair of miners pose with the tools of their trade, and in the centre of the banner, another miner shakes hands with a Māori chief. Their slogans emphasise the union principles of solidarity and mutual support.

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Erik Olssen, 'Unions and employee organisations - Early unions, 1840–1880', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 May 2024)

Story by Erik Olssen, published 11 Mar 2010