Story: Family welfare

0.54 of a wife and 0.87 of a child

The introduction of means-tested family allowances in 1926 for workers with large families encouraged employers to think that the needs of families would be met by the state. If this was the case, they did not have to pay a 'family wage'. Employers also argued that some men did not have financial dependants. This cartoon highlights the way information about the average family responsibilities of waterside workers was used by the Arbitration Court during award negotiations in 1929.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: New Zealand Worker, 23 October 1929 (N-P 1684)

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How to cite this page:

Maureen Baker and Rosemary Du Plessis, 'Family welfare - Welfare, work and families, 1918–1945', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 April 2024)

Story by Maureen Baker and Rosemary Du Plessis, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 29 Jun 2018