Labour 100: Gems from the Archives

Labour 100: Gems from the Archives

By Emma Kelly As part of the Labour 100 Project, Archivist Dr Emma Kelly has been working with members or ex members of the New Zealand Labour Party to assess their records for potential deposit or donation to archives, museums…

Book review: The Ascott Martyrs: Sixteen women from Ascott-under-Wychwood who were sent over the hills to glory

Book review: The Ascott Martyrs: Sixteen women from Ascott-under-Wychwood who were sent over the hills to glory

By Beverley McCombs (Wellington: Writes Hill Press, 2016). Reviewed by Peter Clayworth. The Ascott Martyrs were sixteen rural English women, imprisoned during 1873 for their role in an agricultural strike. They were residents of the village of Ascottunder-Wychwood, in Oxfordshire,…

Book Review: The Union of Their Dreams: Power, Hope, and Struggle in Cesar Chavez’s Farm Worker Movement

Book Review: The Union of Their Dreams: Power, Hope, and Struggle in Cesar Chavez’s Farm Worker Movement

By Miriam Pawel (New York: Bloomsbury, 2009). Reviewed by Ross Webb. The story of the Farm Workers Movement (FWM) is an inspirational one. At the height of their boycott against California’s most powerful industry, seventeen million Americans stopped eating grapes…

Community, Cohesion, and Mining Safety

By Brian Wood The following paper is an edited version of a paper presented to the Labour History Forum, Sunday 23 October 2016, at the Runanga Workingmen’s Club. My subject is cohesion in coalmining communities and how changes to that…

Closure of the East Town Railway Workshops, Part Two: Inability to Help

By Russell Marshall In 1972, Russell Marshall was elected Labour Member of Parliament of Wanganui (as the electorate was then called). Rail was an important part of New Zealand’s infrastructure, protected by regulations that limited how far freight could be…

Book review: Hopes Dashed? The Economics of Gender Inequality

By Prue Hyman (Wellington: BWB Texts, 2017) Reviewed by Cybèle Locke This book packs an educational punch and is a must-read for anyone working to eradicate gender inequality in Aotearoa New Zealand. In Hopes Dashed?, Prue Hyman argues that a…

Book review: Precarity: Uncertain, Insecure and Unequal Lives in Aotearoa New Zealand

Edited by Shiloh Groot, Clifford Van Ommen, Bridgette Masters-Awatere and Natasha Tassell-Matamua (Palmerston North: Massey University Press, 2017). Reviewed by Ross Webb. We live in a society skewed in favour of those with extensive wealth, where attention is diverted away…

Precarious Pasts and Postwork Futures

By Jared Davidson Precarious labour is nothing new. Insecure and irregular work has been the norm rather than the exception in the history of capitalism. “For most of human history, work has occurred under unstable conditions, with little legal regulation…

New Models of Worker Organisation and Power

By Sam Huggard In the increasing debates on the ‘future of work’, unions are putting the issues of insecure and precarious work firmly on the table.1 Whether we call it casualisation, precarious work, temporary, or non-standard work—it means that workers…