Story: Unions and employee organisations

Shoe factory, Christchurch

Shoe factory, Christchurch

Crowded, noisy and dangerous conditions were common into the early 20th century in workplaces such as this Christchurch shoe factory. The Bootmakers’ Union was so militant in aiming to improve these conditions that its members were known as the ‘fighting bootmakers’.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Samuel Heath Head Collection (PA-Group-00261)
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Erik Olssen, 'Unions and employee organisations - Gain and loss, 1880–1890', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 June 2022)

Story by Erik Olssen, published 11 Mar 2010