Story: Strikes and labour disputes

Schoolboys’ strike in Wellington

Schoolboys’ strike in Wellington

The number of unions increased rapidly during the 1880s, and led to industrial action in unexpected places. This report from the Taranaki Herald of 12 October 1889 describes a strike by Wellington schoolboys protesting against too much homework. The strike was inspired by news of similar action by boys in Scotland. The Wellington strike failed after the ringleader ‘turned traitor’ and handed in his homework after all.

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Reference: Taranaki Herald, 12 October 1889, p. 2

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Mark Derby, 'Strikes and labour disputes - Early labour disputes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 April 2024)

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