Story: Shops

Weekend trading protest, 1980

Weekend trading protest, 1980

Shop Employees Union delegates organised this protest about plans to reinstate weekend trading in 1980. Their banner and balloons read, ‘Don’t weaken the weekend’. Their concerns centred on shop workers having to work at weekends and miss out on time with their families. Protests failed to stop the reform, as people wanted to shop in the weekends.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1980/0436/18a
Photograph by John Nicholson

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Carl Walrond, 'Shops - Unions, pay and working hours', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 March 2021)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 16 Sep 2016