Story: Strikes and labour disputes

The end of the 1890 strike

The end of the 1890 strike

The 1890 maritime strike ended in total defeat for New Zealand’s newly established unions. First the unions in Australia, where the dispute began, were forced back to work after large numbers of strike-breakers took over the strikers’ jobs. Soon afterwards the Maritime Council, a confederation of the main New Zealand unions in the strike, ordered a return to work. The council disintegrated after this defeat, and the unions took many years to recover their membership and former strength.

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Reference: North Otago Times, 11 November 1890, p. 2

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Mark Derby, 'Strikes and labour disputes - Early labour disputes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/20472/the-end-of-the-1890-strike (accessed 3 April 2020)

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