The front page of the Maoriland Worker in May 1913 shows a tram labelled New Zealand Parliament, with Prime Minister Bill Massey being blown off by a blast of wind from the Workers United. The cartoon picked up on a recent incident where a conductor had been blown off the footboard of a tram during a major storm. The storm in this case was the growing militancy of the workers, represented by the Federation of Labour, who had taken over the Maoriland Worker. Within six months there was a general strike – class war had arrived in New Zealand. In the event it was Massey who remained conductor of the tram of the state, and the socialist workers who suffered in the strike. However, ideas of socialism, class war and industrial unionism continued to be expressed in the pages of the Maoriland Worker.
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Reference: Maoriland worker, 30 May 1913, p. 1
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