Story: Unions and employee organisations

Sonja Davies at an FoL meeting (1st of 3)

Sonja Davies at an FoL meeting

As more women entered the paid workforce, women eventually rose to the top of unions. Sonja Davies became an organiser for the Shop Employees’ Union in the early 1970s, and in 1978 was the first woman elected to the executive of the Federation of Labour. At this 1978 FoL conference she sits surrounded by male unionists.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1978/1637/26A
Photograph by Merv Griffiths

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Erik Olssen, 'Unions and employee organisations - Unions after 1960', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 July 2022)

Story by Erik Olssen, published 11 Mar 2010