Story: Hauraki–Coromandel region

Waihī miners’ strike: strikebreakers (1st of 3)

Waihī miners’ strike: strikebreakers

Miners at Waihī, in many instances already unhappy about their working conditions, went on strike when another union, believed to be employer-sponsored, was established in May 1912. The mining company refused to compromise and in October re-opened the mine with non-union labour. Violence came to a head on 12 November, after which many strikers left town and the strike collapsed.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Waihi Arts Centre and Museum Collection
Reference: 1/2-116710-F

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Paul Monin, 'Hauraki–Coromandel region - Gold mining', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/30413/waihi-miners-strike-strikebreakers (accessed 31 March 2017)

Story by Paul Monin, updated 14 Apr 2016