Story: Hauraki–Coromandel region

Waihī miners’ strike: strikebreakers (1st of 3)

Waihī miners’ strike: strikebreakers

Miners at Waihī, in many instances already unhappy about their working conditions, went on strike when another union, believed to be employer-sponsored, was established in May 1912. The mining company refused to compromise and in October reopened the mine with non-union labour. Violence came to a head on 12 November, after which many strikers left town and the strike collapsed.

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Paul Monin, 'Hauraki–Coromandel region - Gold mining', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 April 2024)

Story by Paul Monin, updated 1 Apr 2016