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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 81

Eighteen Strikes in Thirteen Years

Eighteen Strikes in Thirteen Years.

Eighteen strikes have taken place in New Zealand, all really small and shortlived, and only twelve of these have been illegal, since in six the Act had no application. In these six there was no union award or binding agreement. In these illegal strikes, 740 men all told engaged, that is, less than one-third per cent, of the above average of total wageearners in this country, and if those engaged in strikes (legal and illegal), be included, not one half per cent of these 250,000 workers.

The days of idleness of workers due to these strikes were very few. In some cases the strikes only a day or two.