Story: Ngā uniana – Māori and the union movement

Gear Meat workers return to work (2nd of 2)

Gear Meat workers return to work

Des Tarau, Warren Weston, Joe Crowe, Tony Winther and Dave Kimura prepare to return to work at the Gear Meat works in Petone after striking for almost seven weeks in 1981. Ironically, later that year in the off-season, the works were quietly closed down. It took a nine-day national strike to gain a redundancy agreement for the workers.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1981/1473/12

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Cybèle Locke, 'Ngā uniana – Māori and the union movement - Recession: 1970s–1990s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/22962/gear-meat-workers-return-to-work (accessed 22 October 2019)

Story by Cybèle Locke, published 11 Mar 2010