Story: Unions and employee organisations

Carpenters Union certificate

When new members joined long-established trade unions they were often given a handsome certificate showing the union’s pride in its skills, principles and traditions. The background of this certificate, showing a variety of crafts and activities, has been used by trade unions since about 1867. The NZ Carpenters and Related Trades Industrial Union of Workers has used the image for its membership certificate from about the 1980s.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: C-123-033

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How to cite this page:

Erik Olssen, 'Unions and employee organisations - Early unions, 1840–1880', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2024)

Story by Erik Olssen, published 11 Mar 2010