Story: Agricultural processing industries

Strikes in the works

Strikes in the works

Meat processing was traditionally one of the most strike-bound industries. At Westfield, South Auckland, in 1937, freezing workers went on strike but stayed in the building – stringing up hammocks to sleep in. This was New Zealand’s first ‘stay-in’ strike, and it was successful. The workers were objecting to increased working hours with no extra pay. After the government stepped in, they won a bonus.

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Jane Tolerton, 'Agricultural processing industries - Freezing works, 1880s to the 1970s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 December 2023)

Story by Jane Tolerton, published 11 Mar 2010