Story: Employer and business organisations

Striking out

Striking out

Strikes were routinely used as an industrial relations weapon. In 1986, in an attempt to prompt settlement of a number of disputes, the Employers’ Federation put out a satirical poster showing a dejected-looking Santa Claus and giving the number of strike days to Christmas. Wellington Regional Employers’ Association manager Brendan Ryan, shown here with the poster, said, ‘It may look flippant but is not and has a serious message … We have to get the message across any way we can.’

Using this item

Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1986/5531/7
Photograph by John Nicholson

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Megan Cook, 'Employer and business organisations - The Employers’ Federation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 June 2021)

Story by Megan Cook, published 11 Mar 2010