Story: Strikes and labour disputes

Bank staff vote to strike, 1987

Bank staff vote to strike, 1987

From the 1970s, industrial action by ‘white collar’ (professional) workers became more common. In 1987 bank staff crammed the Wellington Town Hall to listen to their union’s president, Angela Foulkes (on stage at right), recommend strike action. Her members then held a secret ballot and voted overwhelmingly in favour of the strike.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1987/0936/8
Photograph by Merv Griffiths

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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/20505/bank-staff-vote-to-strike-1987 (accessed 24 February 2020)

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