The Daily Blog Open Mic – Friday – 1st May 2020


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  1. Yes 1 May if we are not careful we will be fully back to the old depression days and the bosses saying ‘Step up the first in line, if you are able to put in a full 10 hour day you may get a job if you don’t belong to a union. We’ll have none of that rubbish.’

    By not being thorough and rational in setting up the Arbitration system and ensuring that wages were adjusted for inflation, or at least had automatic change with a cap, the roots of dissent were sewn and the system came into disrepute.
    The birth of the Red Feds
    By 1905 many workers had become disillusioned with compulsory arbitration. The Arbitration Court refused to adjust wages to match inflation. Ideas of socialism and revolutionary industrial unionism were finding a ready audience. Flax workers, seamen, watersiders and miners were particularly receptive. Revolutionary industrial unionism encouraged workers to unite in large unions based around industry rather than occupation, with the ultimate goal of establishing socialism. The unions covering the skilled trades tended to view these new ideas with suspicion and stayed in the arbitration system.

    NZs had more national spirit in those days:
    18 June 1932
    Long-distance walker Esther James reaches Bluff
    The Aucklander, a well-connected former model, had left Spirits Bay in the Far North on 3 December to walk the length of the country to promote New Zealand-made goods during the Depression. She had government patronage and support from the Manufacturers’ Federation. 9 April 1932
    Unemployed disturbances in Dunedin
    During the ‘angry autumn’ of 1932, in the depths of the Great Depression, unemployed workers in Dunedin reacted angrily when the Hospital Board refused to assist them.

    Dozens of monetary reform movements, dubbed ‘funny money’ by their opponents, warned that a secretive cabal of international financiers was holding the world to economic ransom. The single tax movement was also revived in the form of the Commonwealth Land Party.

    The workers:
    1 Akatarawa region – under tents.

    3 Unemployed march in Wakefield St Wellington to Parliament 1932

    4 Unemployed demonstrators at Parliament Buildings Wellington

    5 Relief workers on Umemployment Board’s No.5 Scheme

    6 Relief workers shovelling coal into sacks

    7 Palliser Road, Mt Victoria construction

    8 Relief workers construct Rongotai Airport

    9 Boys cutting and packing kindling

    10 Rioting unemployed dispersed by Police Cuba St Wellington

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