Story: Strikes and labour disputes

Locked-out carpenters, 1949

Locked-out carpenters, 1949

Seven hundred angry members of the Carpenters’ Union march down Auckland’s Queen Street, in February 1949. They had been locked out (refused entry to their workplaces) by employers after a pay dispute. This dispute, at the height of the Cold War, brought left-wing unions into conflict with a government determined to back the employers.

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Mark Derby, 'Strikes and labour disputes - The 1951 waterfront dispute', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 December 2023)

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