Story: Unions and employee organisations

Trades Hall and ‘Union Yes’ sign

Trades Hall and ‘Union Yes’ sign

Union membership suffered a serious blow when the Employment Contracts Act 1991 encouraged individual contracts between a single employee and employer. The union movement campaigned to encourage workers to join or remain members of trade unions. This banner hangs from the Wellington Trades Hall, the headquarters for several Wellington unions, and the site of a fatal bomb attack in 1984.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1991/0861/16A-F

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

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