Story: Strikes and labour disputes

General wage order protest meeting, 1968

General wage order protest meeting, 1968

Union delegates meet at the Wellington Trades Hall on 21 June 1968 to plan a protest against the government’s ‘nil general wage order’ for that year. For the first time, the Arbitration Court ordered that wage levels would remain unchanged from the previous year, despite high inflation and rising prices. Unions around the country held protests against this decision.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1968/2601A

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Mark Derby, 'Strikes and labour disputes - The decline of the arbitration system', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/20501/general-wage-order-protest-meeting-1968 (accessed 21 February 2020)

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