Today in Labor History

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February 15, 1951


Dock workers (or “wharfies”) in New Zealand are locked out by their employers after weeks of negotiations for a wage increase.  Prime Minister Sidney Holland declared a state of emergency and the military was brought in to perform the wharfies’ work.  An estimated 22,000 workers (in a country of only 2 million people) were involved in the lockout and sympathy strikes that lasted until July 15.


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