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Workers in the Margins: Union Radicals in Post-war New Zealand

Workers in the Margins: Union Radicals in Post-war New Zealand (Paperback, New ed.)

By Locke, Cybele

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'Marginalised' workers of the late twentieth century were those last hired in times of plenty and first fired in times of recession. Often women, Maori, or people from the Pacifc, they were frequently unemployed, and marginalised within the union movement as well as the labour fo...rce. WORKERS IN THE MARGINS tells the story of these workers in the tumultuous years of post-war New Zealand. These were years characterised by massive changes in the workforce, as it expanded to accommodate a growing urban Maori population and an increasing desire for women to enter paid work. The world of trade unions and employment conflicts, such as the 1951 waterfront lockout, was vigorous and challenging. As free market policies deregulated the labour market and splintered the union movement toward the end of the century, Te Roopu Rawakore o Aotearoa, the national unemployed and beneficiaries' movement, gave a new voice to 'workers in the margins'. The people of this history come to life through oral histories - from the poet (and boilermaker) Hone Tuwhare building a palisade at Orakei through to activists Sue Bradford and Jane Stevens working with the unemployed in the 1980s and '90s. Their experiences speak to the lives of many workers of the early twenty-first century.
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ISBN 9781927131398
Published NZ 6 Apr 2012
Publisher Bridget Williams Books
Format Paperback, New ed.
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ISBN-13 9781927131398
Stock Available
Status In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
Publisher Bridget Williams Books
Imprint Bridget Williams Books
Published 6 Apr 2012
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback, New ed.
Edition New ed.
Author(s) By Locke, Cybele
Category Political Activism
Trade Unions
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 300
Dimensions Width: 170mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 24mm
Dewey Code 331.880993
Weight 850g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress Affirmative action programs - New Zealand, Discrimination in employment - New Zealand, Maori (New Zealand people) - Employment, People with social disabilities - Employment - New Zealand
NBS Text Politics: General & Reference
ONIX Text General/trade