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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