Story: Strikes and labour disputes

Blackball mine

Blackball mine

Smoke and steam pour from the engine house and workshops of the busy Blackball coal mine on the West Coast, around 1902. In 1908, the mine was shut down for several weeks by a historic strike led by Pat Hickey. The success of this strike heralded a period of industrial direct action by miners and other militant unionists. Today the Blackball mine no longer operates and all the buildings in this photo are gone.

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Mark Derby, 'Strikes and labour disputes - 1908 Blackball strike', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2024)

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