Story: Unions and employee organisations

Maoriland Worker in 1913

The first Federation of Labour, known as the ‘Red Fed’, had its own newspaper, the Maoriland Worker. In early 1913 the Federation joined forces with the moderate wing of the trade union movement to create a much larger – and hopefully more powerful – organisation. This front-page cartoon from May 1913 shows a tram heading to Parliament and sending the anti-union Prime Minister, William Massey, tumbling into the street.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: The Maoriland Worker, 30 May 1913, p. 1

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Erik Olssen, 'Unions and employee organisations - Red Feds, 1913 strike and Alliance of Labour, 1913–35', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2024)

Story by Erik Olssen, published 11 Mar 2010