Story: Strikes and labour disputes

1913 strike, Auckland

1913 strike, Auckland

Mounted strike-breakers, mainly volunteers from country areas, line up across the lower end of Auckland’s Queen Street during the 1913 waterfront strike. Behind them hundreds of strikers, shouting and throwing stones, try to prevent ships being loaded on the wharves. The large numbers of armed and mounted strike-breakers, supported by hundreds of police and a naval warship, succeeded in keeping the wharves working. After several weeks of often violent protest, the strike was called off.

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Mark Derby, 'Strikes and labour disputes - The 1912 and 1913 strikes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 September 2023)

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